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Easter reminder: Don’t forget to order your repeat prescriptions

The region’s NHS 111 urgent care service is urging people to put repeat prescriptions on their Easter checklists alongside the hot-cross buns and chocolate eggs.

The NHS 111 service often receives too many calls from patients who have run out of their regular medication, resulting in extra pressure on the out-of-hours GP services, and is asking people to check that they have sufficient stocks to last them over the forthcoming Easter bank holiday.

Dr Philip Foster, Associate Medical Director of the NHS 111 service in Yorkshire and the Humber, Bassetlaw, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire, has made this appeal:

“With Easter being a four-day holiday weekend, people can easily forget to check that they have enough medication to last for the full period.  We are taking this opportunity to remind people to request repeat prescriptions from their GP in the next couple of days so they can enjoy the celebrations without the worry of running out of vital tablets and medicines. If you have relatives or friends coming to stay with you, please remind them to pack their medicines.

“We are also asking everyone to ensure that they have a well-stocked medicine cabinet so that if they fall ill with common ailments such as colds and coughs or diarrhoea and vomiting they can treat themselves at home.”

Be prepared for most common ailments by keeping a well-stocked medicine cabinet at home
http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Pharmacy/Pages/Yourmedicinecabinet.aspx

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