With the Easter bank holiday taking place over the weekend of Friday 2 to Monday 5 April, NHS Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group is reminding patients to order repeat prescriptions in plenty of time.
It is helpful to take a few minutes to consider what prescriptions need to be ordered and collected, particularly at busy times of year like Easter, and NHS Lincolnshire CCG is asking people to order and collect any repeat prescriptions at least a week in advance of the bank holiday weekend, as some pharmacies will be closed.
Patients their families and carers should check that they have enough daily medication to see them through the Easter break. If they don’t, they should call into their pharmacist or local GP surgery in good time.
Dr Dave Baker, GP and South West Lincolnshire Locality Lead, NHS Lincolnshire CCG, explains:
“Make sure you renew any regular prescriptions and collect medication before the holidays start, as running out of daily medication over the bank holiday weekend could have serious consequences, especially for patients who rely on their prescriptions to control heart and breathing problems.
“We don’t want any of our patients to have the bank holiday spoilt by not being able to take their medication. It is particularly important for people with long-term health problems to ensure they don’t run out of their daily medication, as it is often an important part of their treatment. Running out of a regular medication could risk complications.”
If you become unwell over the bank holiday period or need medical advice when your GP surgery is closed, GP out-of-hours services can be accessed by visiting NHS 111 online or calling NHS 111 free of charge. Bank holidays are noticeably busy times of year for the NHS so picking up a repeat prescription in advance could help keep staff free to deal with life-threatening emergencies.