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14 December 2017
Christmas can be such a busy time that everyday tasks such as ordering medication get forgotten, so GPs in Bedfordshire and Luton are reminding people who have repeat prescriptions to order their medication well in advance to avoid running out during the festive holidays.
Dr Alvin Low, Clinical Chair of Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) and a local GP said:
“Don’t get caught out this Christmas - check your medication, and make sure there is enough to see you through the holidays. Surgeries will only be closed for a couple of days but this will avoid last minute panic and help to prevent long term health conditions from getting worse due to medication running out.
By avoiding running out of your medicine you not only look after your own health, but you will also be helping the NHS. People with long-term health conditions can become so unwell that they end up in hospital just because they ran out of medication – something which everyone wants to avoid.
Please also look out for older or frail neighbours or family members, and ask if they need help with getting their medicines – it’s better if they can avoid going out to collect medication in wintry weather, especially if there is ice or snow.”
It’s also a good idea to stock up your medicine cabinet so you have remedies to hand before the holidays start, and your local pharmacist can advise you.
Did you know that you can order repeat prescriptions via your GP’s website? It is much quicker and more convenient than telephoning a busy surgery or going there in person, and can also be used to make and cancel appointments and view your own medical records. If you are not already registered, you can find out more or ask for a registration form from your GP practice.
A list of local pharmacy opening times for Christmas and New Year holidays can be found here.
There are also lots of things that you can do to help yourself and your family to stay well this winter: find out from www.nhs.uk/staywell.
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