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

The region’s NHS 111 service is urging people to put repeat prescriptions on their Christmas checklists alongside the tinsel, turkey and TV guide.

The service receives a significant number of calls from patients who have run out of their regular medication and is encouraging people to make sure that they have sufficient stocks so they do not run out over the festive break.

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:

“The festive season is a very busy time of year for everyone and with so much going on people can easily forget about their repeat prescriptions. We are taking this opportunity to remind people to check that they have enough medication to see them through Christmas and New Year. Any repeat prescriptions should be requested from your GP in the next couple of days so you can enjoy the celebrations without the worry of running out of vital tablets and medicines. Please also remind any friends or relatives you have coming to stay with you to pack their medicines as well as their presents.”

“We are also asking people to check their GP opening hours over the festive period and to ensure that they have a well-stocked medicine cabinet so that if they fall ill with common winter 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

Check out health advice on treating common winter illnesses at NHS Choices
http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/winterhealth/Pages/Winterhealthrisks.aspx

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