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Don’t let the bank holiday catch you out. Get your prescriptions ahead of time!

25th August 2017 | By Liz Mattock | Posted in

Patients in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are being urged to get their repeat prescriptions in good time in preparation for the bank holiday weekend.

From Saturday 26th to Monday 28th August most GP surgeries will be closed and a lot of pharmacies will be open for reduced hours, and some will be closed all together. Because of this, it’s a good idea to make sure you have plenty of your prescription medicine at home, to prevent a last minute rush for a new supply.

If you need urgent medical care NHS 111 is available, but it’s a good idea to make sure you know when your pharmacy will be available over the weekend.  Opening hours of local pharmacies are available at https://www.england.nhs.uk/mids-east/wp-content/uploads/sites/7/2017/08/aug-bh-17-leicester-leics-rutland.pdf

Ahead of the bank holiday, it’s also a good idea to do a quick stock check on your medicine cabinet.   We recommend the following as medicine cabinet essentials:

  • Pain relief, like paracetamol and ibuprofen
  • Antihistamines to deal with allergies and insect bites or stings
  • Anti-diarrhoea tablets and rehydration salts are useful for tackling food poisoning
  • Sunscreen is a must have during the summer months and should be used even on cloudy days if you’re going to be outside for long periods at a time
  • First aid kit – plasters, bandages, tweezers, eyewash solution, antiseptic, medical tape, sterile dressings and a thermometer.

You can find full information on what to put in your medicine cabinet at: www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Pharmacy/Pages/Yourmedicinecabinet.aspx

Dr James Ogle, Urgent Care Lead for West Leicestershire CCG said: “Bank holidays are a great time to relax and take a bit of extra time off work, but don’t let your weekend be ruined by running out of essential medicines.

“Make sure you order well in advance of the bank holiday and have enough time to collect your prescription and medicines.

“If you do find yourself without a prescription and you need medication urgently, you can call NHS 111. But, far better to plan ahead and make sure you have what you need.”

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