Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are urging residents to check they have enough of their usual prescription medications, and help out friends or relatives so they have enough too. Patients should have enough medication to last them into the New Year if possible, and if this isn’t the case the prescriptions should be put in this week.
Dr Mark Sanderson, Medical Director of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG, said, “Many calls to the out-of-hours GP service are for emergency repeat prescriptions when people have run out. This is something that can easily be avoided by planning ahead. As ordering and collecting new prescriptions can take several days it’s best to be prepared and sort prescriptions out this week. With less than two weeks until Christmas there’s never a better time to check your medications and see if you have enough to last until the New Year“
“And whilst you’re out Christmas shopping, how about stocking up on some essential medications like painkillers, indigestion and heartburn medication and anything else you might need to get you through the festive period? Your local pharmacist can provide advice on self-care and you can purchase basic medication for pain relief, coughs, colds and upset stomachs along with contraception and other medication for minor health problems.”
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