Health leaders in Hounslow are advising patients not to leave it too late to order and collect repeat prescriptions this Christmas.
Running out of daily medication over the festive period could have serious consequences for patients, especially those who rely on medications to control heart and breathing problems.
Patients on repeat prescriptions over Christmas time are advised to request them at least a week in advance to allow enough time for processing by both GP and pharmacy.
People are also being urged to use NHS services wisely over the festive period as many GP practices will have limited opening hours during the Christmas holidays and the majority of pharmacies will also be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
Dr Nicola Burbidge, Chair of NHS Hounslow Clinical Commissioning Group and GP at Wellesley Road practice, said:
“People who fail to make sure they have the repeat medicines they need to cover the Christmas break can fall ill over the holidays. Daily medication is important for people with ongoing health problems, and they can become seriously ill if their supplies run out. This is why we are advising patients to order and collect any essential repeat prescriptions at least a week in advance.
“The winter period is one of the busiest times of year for the NHS so it’s important that people use the right service for the right problem. Pharmacies are a valuable source of advice and can help to manage minor winter ailments such as coughs and colds. If you do become unwell over the Christmas break, or need medical advice when your GP surgery is closed, GP and practice nurse appointments can be accessed by calling the free, 24-hour, 111 health line.”
Some pharmacies will be open on Christmas day, Boxing day, and New Year’s day. Check here for details of pharmacies and opening times: http://ow.ly/JZAI30h1nLc