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19/12/17

Last chance to order your repeat prescriptions and give yourself the gift of good health this Christmas

Christmas can be a busy time, you’ve probably got the presents, decorated the tree and got the food – but have you ordered your repeat prescriptions?

Tomorrow is the last day to make sure that you’ve ordered any repeat prescriptions you need over the bank holidays. GP practices across Bradford District and Craven will close on Friday 22 December and reopen on Wednesday 27 December, so make sure you don’t run out of medicines. GP practices often need two to three working days to process repeat prescription requests, making Wednesday 20 December the last day to get repeat prescriptions ordered in time. Although some GP services will be available over the festive period, this is to help emergency services and not for routine appointments, most practices will be closed.

The three local Bradford District and Craven clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) are also reminding people that GP practices will also be closed on Monday 1 January, so people will also need to make sure that they have enough medicines to last until the first week of 2018.

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Dr Dave Tatham, clinical lead for urgent and emergency care at the three local CCGs, said: “It’s often easy at Christmas when people are so busy to forget to order repeat prescriptions, but, not having enough supplies means risking getting ill if you do run out.

People who don’t have enough medicines can also put a lot of strain on emergency services which are there to deal with life-threatening and urgent health problems – not to issue repeat prescriptions. If you do need repeat medicines during the holiday period, call NHS 111, which is free to call and open 24/7, they can arrange an emergency supply.”

Local GPs are also reminding patients of the benefits of using their local pharmacies. Pharmacists are experts in the use of medicines and minor illnesses and can give people advice without the need for an appointment. There are pharmacies open across Bradford District and Craven over the bank holidays, a full list of those pharmacies and their opening times is available here: http://www.bradforddistrictsccg.nhs.uk/your-services/pharmacies/

Many pharmacies are based in convenient locations such as supermarkets and shopping centres, handy for when you’re out on Boxing Day or picking up some last minute shopping. They stock useful items so you can look after yourself at home should you need to, including:

If you feel unwell over the holidays, people can check their symptoms using the online NHS symptoms checker which can be found on the NHS Choices website – www.nhs.uk. People are also encouraged to use the NHS Choices website for up to date information on a range of illnesses. The website also has a services finder to help people find the most appropriate local service nearest to them.

If people need urgent help, but it’s not a 999 emergency, call NHS 111 for advice and direction to the most appropriate service. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and calls are free.

People are urged only to go to their local A&E department or dial 999 in critical or life-threatening situations. For example:

In the case of heart attack or stroke, call 999 immediately. Every second counts with these conditions.

The options for health advice over the holidays are:

People across the district will also be reminded of how to Stay Well This Winter with messages on local buses and on boards around town. For more information and advice about how to Stay Well This Winter, visit the NHS Stay Well website - https://www.nhs.uk/staywell/

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