Bank Holiday reminder: don’t forget to order your repeat prescriptions
Clinical leaders in Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven are urging people to check that they have sufficient medication to last them over the forthcoming bank holiday weekend.
The NHS 111 service receives a significant number of calls from patients who have run out of their regular medication so it’s important for people to check that they have sufficient stocks to last them over the long weekend at the end of May.
Dr Dave Tatham, clinical lead for urgent care at NHS Bradford City and NHS Bradford Districts CCGs, said: “When people are busy they can easily forget to check that they have enough medication to see them through a bank holiday period.
“We are taking this opportunity to remind people to request repeat prescriptions from their GP as soon as possible so they can enjoy the weekend 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 summer ailments such as hay fever and insect bites and stings they can treat themselves at home.”
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As well as making sure they have enough repeat prescriptions, people are also being urged to only call 999 for an ambulance or go to hospital A&E departments in a medical emergency.
If you need medical attention when your GP practice is closed and it is not an emergency you can access the GP out-of-hours service by calling 111.
When you call 111 you will be assessed, given advice and directed straight away to the local service that can help you best – that could be an out-of-hours doctor, emergency dentist or late opening chemist.
NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and is free to call from landlines and mobile phones.