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Eggs are in the basket – are your medicines?

Local GPs want to make sure people order medicines in time for the Easter break

Not many people need reminding that there’s a four day bank holiday weekend on 19 - 22 April. Local GPs want to make sure people to remember to request any repeat medicines, as GP practices will be closed.

Most GP practices need a minimum of 48 hours’ notice to issue a repeat prescription. That means prescriptions should be ordered by Tuesday 16 April or earlier to make sure people have enough of their regular medicines to last over the weekend.

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As people get ready for the bank holiday, Dr James Thomas, GP and clinical chair, NHS Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: “There are often lots of things for people to remember when there’s a bank holiday as people often go for days out or plan a holiday. However, nobody wants to run out of their regular medication and feel unwell during their time off.

“If people do need repeat medicines during the holiday period, call NHS 111, which is free to call from both landlines and mobiles and open 24/7. The team at NHS 111 can arrange an emergency supply until you speak to your GP practice after the bank holiday.

“It’s always useful to keep some medicines such as paracetamol and ibuprofen at home to help manage any minor illnesses. There’s lots of advice available on the NHS website - nhs.uk - and from local pharmacies, some of which are open over the bank holiday.”

To find a list of local pharmacies open over the bank holiday, click here for Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven pharmacies, and click here for Bradford and district.

If people feel unwell over the holidays, people can check their symptoms using the NHS website - www.nhs.uk. The NHS website also includes a services finder to help people find the most appropriate local service nearest to them.

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