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30 March 2017
As Easter approaches, there are lots of things to think about and medication needs can often get forgotten, but NHS Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) is reminding patients to be prepared and stock-up now.
Many local doctors’ surgeries and pharmacies have limited opening hours during Easter, so anyone with a long-term health condition should order and collect their repeat prescriptions in plenty of time.
Fiona Garnett, Head of Medicines Optimisation and Assistant Director at Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group said: “In order to stay well, patients should make sure they have enough medicine to see them through the Easter period.
“It’s really important for people who rely on medication to make sure they have enough to cover the long bank holiday weekend. No one wants to end up being admitted to hospital over Easter so now is the time to get organised with your medication.
“It is also a good idea to stock up your medicine cabinet so that you have remedies to hand –rather than having to go out when you feel unwell. A pharmacist can advise on what to keep in your medicine cabinet.”
Repeat prescriptions can be ordered online by using GP Online Services, a simple website that can also be used to make and cancel appointments and view medical records. If you are not already registered, you can find out more or ask for a registration form from your GP Practice.
Opening times for Pharmacies in Bedfordshire during Easter will be available on www.bedfordshireccg.nhs.uk