People who have repeat prescriptions are being urged: don’t risk running out of medicines over the Easter holiday.
The long weekend runs from Friday 30 March to Monday 2 April, and so people need to be ordering their repeat prescriptions now to ensure they get their medication on time.
Every bank holiday, local NHS staff are put under extra pressure, by being asked to help people who have forgotten about their repeat prescription orders, and then end up trying to get a prescription at short notice when many GP surgeries and pharmacies are closed.
Dr David Chilvers, local GP and Chair of Fareham and Gosport Clinical Commissioning Group said:
“It is always a good idea to check your medicine supplies, but it is doubly important when we are getting close to public holidays. It would be so helpful if everyone could take a minute to check that they have enough to last them right through the Easter weekend and beyond – the period straight after Easter Monday is also very, very busy for NHS staff.
“Unfortunately, there will be some people who run out of medicine or leave orders until the last minute. This puts extra, avoidable pressure on frontline staff at a time when they are already working extremely hard to care for people.
“I would urge people simply to check their supplies and plan ahead. This can really help to ease the pressure on staff at such a busy time, and could save you a lot of time and trouble.”
If you find yourself in need of medical treatment or advice during the bank holiday, and it is not life-threatening, your local pharmacy is a good first option. You can also call NHS 111 where trained advisers will guide you to the best local healthcare for you. If your condition is serious or life-threatening, call 999.