With Christmas just under a week to go, people who are living with a long term health condition such as asthma, diabetes, lung or heart disease are being reminded not to leave it too late to order their repeat prescriptions.
GP practices will be closed on Christmas Day (Friday 25 December), Boxing Day (Monday 28 December – in lieu) and New Year’s Day (Friday 1 January).
Dr Mark Dziobon, a GP in Burnley and Medical Director at NHS East Lancashire and NHS Blackburn with Darwen Clinical Commissioning Groups, said:
“Running out of medication is a real danger for those with long term health conditions as they could end up seriously ill and even in hospital, which is the last thing anyone wants over Christmas. It is also the last thing the NHS needs, especially this year with the challenges we are all facing with the coronavirus pandemic.
“My advice is to check your medication is up to date and if necessary contact your GP practice for a repeat prescription.
“I would also urge people to be prepared should you become ill over the winter period. Commonly required medications are:
• Cough medicine
• An antacid for indigestion
• Throat lozenges
• Plasters/Bandages for any cuts or scrapes”
Your local high street pharmacy can help you deal with minor illnesses and complaints such as colds, flu, stomach upsets, aches and sprains. To find your local NHS service, go to www.nhs.uk and use the free service finder.
For further information visit: https://www.nhs.uk/staywell