Help local health services and be prepared this winter

From Dr David Crichton, Chair of the Doncaster CCG

As winter is here and the cold weather is creeping in, your local NHS is asking all residents in Doncaster to prepare for winter by taking simple steps to protect their health and help local health services over the Festive Bank Holiday.

As Christmas Bank Holidays approach, there are lots of things to think about and medication needs can often get forgotten or overlooked so I thought it would be helpful to remind patients to be prepared and have enough medication to last them over the four-day bank holiday period.

Patients, especially those with long-term health conditions are encouraged to order and collect their repeat prescriptions in plenty of time.

Repeat prescriptions should be requested from your GP or collected from your pharmacist so you can enjoy the bank holiday weekend without the worry of running out of essential tablets and medicines.

Services will be busy as always over the festive period and by making sure we have all got our prescriptions will help reduce demand and allow out of hours and emergency services to focus on providing care rather than issuing prescriptions.

In the event, that you do run out of prescribed medication, you can contact your local pharmacist or call NHS 111 who will be able to assist with an emergency supply.

It’s also important to remember that during the cold winter months, our Emergency Departments are very busy. Poor weather conditions and low temperatures can cause a number of health issues, so it’s crucial that you only come to hospital when it is necessary to ensure our emergency services are available for those who need them most.

Emergency Departments will be open over the bank holiday period for emergencies. For medical advice or to access the GP out of hours service contact NHS 111 who will direct you to the right service, or you can visit a local pharmacist for advice on treating everyday ailments.

NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and is free to call from landlines and mobile phones or online.

Local residents can also help services by downloading and using the NHS App, whether you are at home or on the move, the NHS App enables you to check symptoms and access your NHS COVID Pass, to book appointments, order repeat prescriptions from your smartphone or tablet.

You can download the app from your mobile device’s app store and follow the easy step-by-step registration instructions. It will help if you know your NHS number and have a form of ID (passport or driving license) to hand.

For further information on how to download the app, please visit https://www.nhs.uk/nhs-app/

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