GPs in Bradford district and Craven are reminding people not to leave it too late to order repeat prescriptions ahead of the late summer bank holiday at the end of the month (August).
Many GP practices and pharmacies will have limited opening hours over the August bank holiday weekend, making it more challenging for patients to access medicines at short notice.
Dr James Thomas, GP and clinical chair for NHS Bradford District and Craven Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: “By re-stocking medicine cabinets, knowing when your GP practice is open and planning ahead for repeat prescriptions, people can ensure they make the most of the August bank holiday weekend. Running out of your usual medication can have serious consequences, especially if you use them to control heart and breathing problems or a health condition such as diabetes.”
Most GP practices need a minimum of 48 hours’ notice to issue a repeat prescription. Any repeat medicines needed over the bank holiday should be ordered before Wednesday 26 August, at the latest, to make sure there is enough time for them to be processed and dispensed. Community pharmacies also generally need 24 hours from when they receive a repeat prescription to prepare medicines.
For people who are self-isolating due to coronavirus and are not able to pick up their own prescriptions, they can nominate somebody, for example, whoever does their shopping, to pick up prescriptions on their behalf. Alternatively, people can contact the NHS Volunteer Responders for help by calling 0808 196 3646 (8am to 8pm).
Dr Thomas added: “GP practices are very much still here to help, that includes ordering repeat prescriptions and booking in for medicines reviews. For now, appointments will be done over the phone or by video consultation wherever possible. The easiest way to order repeat prescriptions is by using GP online services, via the NHS App or through your GP practice website. During the current coronavirus pandemic, people are asked not to go to their GP practice in person, unless otherwise advised by staff. If you do not have access to GP online services, you can phone your GP practice to order prescriptions.”
If people feel unwell over the bank holiday weekend, they can check their symptoms using the NHS website nhs.uk, which also includes a services finder to help people find the most appropriate local service nearest to them. If people need urgent care during the bank holiday, use the NHS 111 service by visiting 111.nhs.uk online or calling 111. NHS 111 is a free service which runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Local health, care, voluntary and local authority services are still here to help during the coronavirus pandemic. Services across Bradford district and Craven are working together to remind local people to still get in touch if they need help before their situation worsens as part of the #StillHereToHelp campaign.
How people access services may have changed, for example, appointments with GP practices may take place over the phone or online. If you need a GP appointment, please call your local practice. Please do not attend your practice in person unless asked to do so.