Many people have already started their Christmas shopping but there’s a good chance some will have left one very important item for themselves off their shopping list.
With Christmas fast approaching, local people with long-term health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, lung and heart disease are being reminded not to leave it too late to get their repeat prescriptions.
Many GP practices and pharmacies will be closed on the bank holidays over Christmas and New Year so it is important people check they have enough medication to avoid requiring urgent medical help during the festive period.
Speaking on behalf of the Fylde coast NHS, Dr Neil Hartley-Smith, a Blackpool GP and Clinical Advisor at NHS Blackpool CCG, said: “People with long-term conditions rely on their prescribed medication to help keep their condition under control.
“So if you or a relative have a long-term condition I’d encourage you to check that you have enough medication to see you through the festive period. If not, it is important to order more in good time – then you can get on with enjoying the holiday period in good health!”
The easiest way to order a repeat prescription is by going online. Patient Access can be used by everyone on the Fylde coast to request their medication from the comfort of their home, by using a computer or with a mobile phone or tablet. Patient Access can also be used to book an appointment with a GP and to view medical records. For more information and to register, visit www.patient-access.co.uk
Now is also a good time to double check that home medicine cabinets are well stocked with over-the-counter remedies so that minor illnesses and injuries can be managed at home during the festive period.
If you do need medical advice for a minor ailment during the festive period, pharmacies can provide free, expert advice without the need for an appointment. You can also download some self care fact sheets here: http://whyaande.nhs.uk/why-ae/self-care/self-care-information/