Health leaders in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire are encouraging residents to check they have enough medication to last through the Christmas and New Year period.
Many local GP practices and pharmacies will be closed over the Christmas and New Year bank holidays, or only open for Covid-19 vaccinations, so it’s important to plan ahead where regular medication is required.
Dr Peter Brindle, Medical Director for Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group said:
With so much going on this winter, it is easy to forget about those other everyday essentials such as prescription medicine. By ordering medicines in good time you’ll save yourself the worry of running out at a time when your GP and local pharmacies may be closed.
If we all plan ahead for the holiday season, hopefully we can have a healthy and stress-free Christmas.
Ordering repeat prescriptions can be done online with many GP practices, who can also send prescriptions directly to local pharmacies for collection. Getting prescriptions online can save time and help avoid unnecessary trips to the GP.
The NHS winter campaign encourages people to ‘Help Us Help You’ by taking simple steps to stay well, avoid illness and take the best course of action if medical help is needed.
- Taking up the covid booster and flu vaccination to avoid the risk of serious illness – see www.grabajab.net for details
- Collecting repeat medication in good time so that you don’t run out over bank holidays
- Visiting your pharmacist if you’re beginning to feel unwell and making sure you have basic medication at home to treat very minor ailments like coughs and colds
- Contacting NHS 111 first online or by phone if you think you need help urgently but it’s not a life-threatening emergency. 111 will help you right away and if needed, a healthcare professional will call you.
Urgent care services including the minor injury units in Yate and Clevedon and the urgent treatment centre in South Bristol are open throughout the holiday period. For immediate advice and help in accessing the right service, contact NHS 111 at any time or visit www.nhs.uk to find services near you.
Details of emergency pharmacies, including interactive maps of pharmacy locations and their opening times, can also be found online on the NHS website.