The local NHS is encouraging patients with repeat prescriptions to make sure they have enough medications before the bank holiday break.
With the Easter Bank Holiday just round the corner (Friday 2 April – Monday 5 April), the local NHS is encouraging patients across the district to be prepared so that they can enjoy the break.
People should plan ahead by checking their medicine cabinet at home and making sure they have enough of any regular repeat medication to see them through the Easter bank holidays, when GP practices will be closed.
It is simple and easy to order repeat prescriptions online or by using the NHS App. Ordering them at least a week in advance means that there is enough time for GP practices and pharmacies to process the request. If people have enough of their usual medicines, there is no need to order more. Visit the NHS website to find out more about ordering repeat prescriptions: https://www.nhs.uk/nhs-services/online-services/how-to-order-repeat-prescriptions-online/
Dr James Thomas, clinical chair at NHS Bradford District and Craven Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: “Over the counter medicines like paracetamol or ibuprofen, for common illnesses like sore throats, headaches and aches and pains, can be purchased from local shops and supermarkets that will be open on Good Friday and Easter Monday.
“You can also help you and your family to be prepared for common health problems such as bumps and bruises or sickness and diarrhoea by keeping a well-stocked medicine cabinet at home. This will avoid you needing to go out and get any emergency supplies over the Bank Holiday break. The NHS website has more information about which medicines you need to stock up with – https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/your-medicine-cabinet/
“While the NHS is encouraging people to be prepared by also ordering any repeat prescriptions, it is important to only order what you need to avoid stockpiling medicines that could expire and go to waste.
“If you need advice on medicines during the Bank Holiday weekend, you can visit a pharmacy (some will be open over the Easter break) or go online to the NHS website – www.nhs.uk. Please remember that GP practices will be closed on Friday 2 April and Monday 5 April 2021.”
The NHS would also like to remind people not to go to a pharmacy if they:
- have symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste)
- live with someone who has symptoms
If people are unable to collect their own medicines, their GP practice or pharmacy can advise how them how to nominate someone to collect them on their behalf or if they may offer a delivery service.
If people are picking up medicines for someone else, due to them self-isolating, please leave them outside the door and wait to see that they have collected them.
For advice over the bank holiday weekend, visit the NHS website – www.nhs.uk