Dr Dave Tatham, clinical lead for urgent and emergency care at the three NHS Bradford district and Craven clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), said: “Christmas is a very busy time for many people and ordering repeat prescriptions isn’t always at the top of everyone’s list. But, not getting your repeat prescriptions ordered in time could mean you don’t have enough medication to get you through the festive period and you risk getting ill you do run out.
“People who don’t have enough of their regular medications can also put a lot of strain on emergency services, which are there to deal with life-threatening illnesses and injuries, not to issue repeat prescriptions.
“If you do need repeat medicines during the holiday period, please call NHS 111. It’s free to call from a landline or mobile, open 24 hours-a-day, seven days-a-week and can arrange a small emergency supply to collect directly from a local pharmacy.”
Local GPs are also reminding patients of the benefits of using their local pharmacies. Pharmacists are experts in medicines and can give people advice without the need for an appointment. There are some pharmacies open across Bradford District and Craven over Christmas and New Year. A list of those pharmacies and their opening times will be available on our website in the coming weeks.
If people need urgent help, but it’s not a 999 emergency, call NHS 111 or go online to 111.nhs.uk 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.