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Plan ahead for repeat prescriptions at Christmas time

Many GP practices and pharmacies will have limited opening hours between Christmas and New Year, so Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG are reminding patients to plan ahead and ensure their prescriptions and medications are sorted out soon. This is especially important if the winter weather means it's harder for them to get out and about.

Sati Ubhi, Chief Pharmacist, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG, said, “As we all get ready for the Christmas holidays the last thing on your mind might be checking you have enough of your usual medication to last you over the festive time.

“But being prepared is important; not only for your health, but the last thing you want to be doing is trying to get more medication over the holidays because you’ve run out.”

Ordering and collecting new prescriptions can take several days, which is why patients are being urged to plan ahead. Prescriptions can be ordered by patients visiting or phoning their GP practice, with some practices offering a quick and easy online ordering system.

Sati added: “Because of the bank holidays, and the amount of illnesses circulating at this time of year, your GP practice and pharmacy may be busier than normal. This means that you can also save yourself some time, and help the NHS, by ordering your repeat prescriptions as early as you can.”

“You might also want to check your local pharmacy’s opening times over Christmas. The pharmacist can provide advice on self-care and you can purchase basic medication for babies and children, medicine for pain relief, coughs and colds help, along with contraception and other medication for minor health problems.” added Sati.

Further information on alternative health services or bank holiday opening hours in Cambridgeshire can be found on the CCG’s dedicated website www.choosewellcambs.nhs.uk.

09/12/2016