Stock up your medicine cabinet for Christmas

People across Brighton and Hove are being reminded to stock up on their medicines before the Christmas holidays start.

The message from health experts is be prepared - anyone on regular medication should check they have enough medicine to see them through the holiday period.

If you or someone you care for takes medicines regularly, don’t forget to make sure you order and collect repeat prescriptions in plenty of time to ensure you have enough medicine to cover the festive season. 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 now.

When you are in the pharmacy, it is also the ideal opportunity to stock up on self care treatments for conditions like coughs, colds and upset stomachs. 

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.

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.

Local pharmacies may have restricted opening hours over Christmas and New Year. People can find details of their nearest pharmacy here: www.seshealthandcare.org.uk/winter/think-pharmacy/