Get your prescriptions ahead of the bank holiday

Tony Shaw, local pharmacist

Local health experts are advising people not to leave it until the last minute to order and collect repeat prescriptions before the bank holiday (Monday 2 May 2016).

NHS Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are encouraging people to check their current medication and to take stock to see if they have enough to last over the bank holiday weekend.

Most pharmacies and GP surgeries will be running reduced opening hours on Monday, however some will remain open.

Tony Shaw is a pharmacist at the East Laith Gate branch of Weldrick’s Pharmacy, he said: “We want to ensure that anyone with long-term health conditions, such as asthma, diabetes and heart disease, enjoys the extended break and don’t run out of their essential medicines.

“It only takes a few minutes to collect prescriptions or some over-the-counter remedies for seasonal ailments. If you take regular medications, please ensure you have enough left to cover the holiday period. Make looking after your health part of your bank holiday preparations and don’t leave it until the last minute!”

The CCG also wants to remind people what to do if their GP practice is closed. The Doncaster Same Day Health Centre will be open from 8am to 8pm throughout the holiday period and can be contacted on 0300 123 310. If you need to see a doctor late at night, the GP Out-of-Hours Service can be contacted by ringing your practice’s number and operates all day.

Dr David Crichton, CCG Clinical Chair, said: “Bank holidays can be a very busy time for the local NHS, so picking up a repeat prescription in advance, and knowing which services are available, could help to keep staff free to deal with life-threatening emergencies. So please plan ahead of time and enjoy your break.”

A lot of illnesses and symptoms can be treated in your home by making use of a well-stocked medicine cabinet and by getting plenty of rest. Keep a stock of essential medicines such as: aspirin, paracetamol, anti-diarrhoeal medicine, cough medicine, plasters, thermometer and antiseptic cream.

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