Don’t be caught short during Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend
24th May 2022 | By Liz Mattock | Posted in
“Be prepared, order early and collect on time” is the advice from the NHS in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, as people are reminded to make sure they order their repeat prescriptions early, ahead of the four-day Jubilee weekend.
The advice is being issued after many people found themselves caught short during the last two bank holidays, during which almost 1 in 5 calls to NHS111 in the East Midlands were from people who had run out of medication.
The bank holiday runs from Thursday 2 to Sunday 5 June, and GP Practices will be closed during this time.
Dr Nick Glover, GP and Clinical Lead for Urgent Care for East Leicestershire and Rutland CCG said: “If you take regular prescription medication, making sure you have enough is an essential part of maintaining your health and will also help relieve the strain on busy health services.
“Last minute orders put a strain on pharmacy resources and you risk not being able to get hold of your medication when you need it. Ordering early will save you time, minimise delays and make sure you can collect your medicine from your nearest pharmacy.”
People can order their medication using the NHS App, or through their GP practice, which will also have an online service.
For all other urgent health needs over the bank holiday, people are advised to contact NHS111 online www.111.nhs.uk or by phoning 111.
Dr Glover added: “The NHS is open, even when GP practices are closed, so if you have an urgent care need please don’t wait all weekend. Reach out for help if you have any healthcare needs over the long weekend by contacting NHS 111. They will review your symptoms and will refer you to the most appropriate service based on your needs.”
Another source of health advice are community pharmacists, who are qualified health professionals. Bank holiday opening times for pharmacists in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are available at: https://www.england.nhs.uk/midlands/nhs-england-and-nhs-improvement-midlands-work/bank-holiday-pharmacy-opening-times/.
For mental health support, the Central Access Point (CAP), which is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, can arrange for you to speak to someone who can assess your needs and provide advice or refer you directly to an appropriate service. In Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland you can contact CAP on 0116 295 3060 and 0808 800 3302.
The 999 service should only be used for an urgent, life threatening, medical situation, where emergency assistance is required.