Don’t leave it too late for repeat prescriptions over Xmas and NY holidays

Residents who regularly take prescription medications are being urged to order repeat prescriptions in advance of GP practices and pharmacies closing for  Xmas and NY Bank Holidays, freeing up GP time to care for those patients most in need.

Running out of daily medication can have serious consequences for patients, especially those who rely on them to control heart and breathing problems. The NHS can provide repeat prescriptions outside of GP surgery hours if absolutely necessary, but repeat prescribing uses around 10% of out-of-hours-GP time, thereby delaying care for ill patients.

Over the festive period most pharmacists and GP surgeries will be closed so the local NHS is advising residents to plan ahead to order their repeat prescriptions, and make sure they use the right service for their medical needs, freeing up emergency care for those most in need.

The NHS Walk In Centre at Brighton Station is open 8am to 8pm for treatment without appointments over the holidays, NHS 111 is available all day every day and NHS choices at www.nhs.uk is available to check symptoms online around the clock. A pharmacist can also help with flu, offering treatment advice and recommend flu remedies, and give guidance on giving medicines to children. No appointment necessary to see a local pharmacist and most have private consultation areas, and will say if you need further medical attention.

Dr David Supple, Clinical Chair of the CCG, said:

“With the excitement of the Christmas, it’s often easy for people to overlook ordering repeat prescriptions, but forgetting to get enough supplies can put a lot of strain on out-of-hours services, which are there to deal with urgent health problems not to issue repeat prescriptions.

“People need to be aware that their GP surgery or pharmacy will be closed at times over the holiday period. If in doubt it is best to check opening times well in advance.”