As we approach the Easter holidays (19 - 22nd April), make sure you check your medication, order repeat prescriptions and book routine GP appointments in advance.
Many GP practices and pharmacies will have limited opening hours on Good Friday and Easter Monday, making it more difficult to access medicines at short notice.
Dr Shaba Nabi, local GP and Clinical Lead for Prescribing at Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said:
The long Easter weekend is a great opportunity for people to relax with friends and family, but we also need to make sure we have the medicines we need to stay well. By re-stocking medicine cabinets, knowing when your GP surgery is open and planning ahead for repeat prescriptions, people can ensure they make the most of the Easter break.
Running out of daily medication can have serious consequences, especially for people who rely on them to control heart and breathing problems. Ordering medicines as soon as possible will make sure there is enough time for them to be processed and dispensed. This helps you to stay well and will reduce pressure on NHS urgent care services, leaving them free to treat the most seriously ill and injured people.
If you do need medical help urgently during the bank holiday dates, you can contact 111 at any time for professional advice about the right service for your needs.
Ordering repeat prescriptions can be done online with many GP practices. Getting regular prescriptions online can save time and avoid unnecessary trips to the GP. Use the services near you search on the NHS website to check whether a GP or pharmacy provide this service.
Some local pharmacies will also have emergency opening hours during the bank holidays.