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Festive reminder for patients to order repeat prescriptions

19th December 2016 | By Liz Mattock | Posted in

Patients in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are being urged not to leave it too late to order their repeat prescriptions this Christmas.

Almost 200 people left themselves without their repeat medicine during last year’s festive season in the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland area [1]. Over the course of the year 2% of all completed calls to NHS 111 are requests for medicines needed urgently[2], and the area’s clinical commissioning groups are issuing the reminder so that people can have a healthy Christmas without worrying about vital medication.

Many GP practices will have limited opening hours during the Christmas holidays and the majority of pharmacies will also be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day so it is important for people to plan ahead, and check they have everything they need.

Dr Nick Willmott, GP in Leicestershire and Clinical Lead at West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, said:

“Many people with long term conditions rely on their prescribed medication to help them keep their condition under control. So it’s important that patients have enough medicine to see them through the festive period. With GP practices and many pharmacists closed over the Christmas bank holidays, I urge patients to order repeat prescriptions as early as possible so that the festive season can be enjoyed in good health. Please also remind any elderly relatives who are coming to visit.

“Now is also a good time to double check that home medicine cabinets are well stocked with over-the-counter remedies so that minor illnesses and injuries can be managed at home. Local pharmacies can provide useful advice and deal with minor ailments without people having to see their GP about winter bugs like coughs, colds, sore throats, stomach upsets and flu.”

The CCGs are also urging people to only order the quantity of medicines they do need and to check their medicine bag is correct before they leave the pharmacy as any medicines returned after that cannot be reused or recycled.

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