Don’t forget prescriptions over Christmas

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With Christmas only a matter of weeks away, people living in Tayside are being urged to plan ahead for repeat prescriptions as part of a major health campaign.

The NHS Scotland ‘Be Ready for Winter’ campaign is reminding people to make sure they check any repeat prescriptions they need for themselves and those they look after ahead of time this festive period.

As well as making sure their medicine cabinets are re-stocked with commonly used remedies for minor illnesses, people are being urged to organise any required repeat prescription as soon as possible.

John McAnaw, Head of Pharmacy at NHS 24, said it is important for people taking regular medication to make sure they have enough supplies to last them through to the New Year. He commented: “It is important not to forget about putting winter health necessities on your ‘to-do’ list.

“It also only takes a few minutes to collect some over-the-counter remedies for winter ailments. If you take regular medications, please ensure you check you have enough left to cover the holiday period. It’s also important not to waste medicines, so only order what you need, and make sure you don’t run out of anything during that time.”

This year, GP surgeries will be closed on Tuesday, December 25, and Wednesday, December 26.

Community Pharmacy Scotland is backing the national campaign. Harry McQuillan, chief executive officer, said “Patients who rely on regular medication should check how much they have left now, and if they are going to run out they need to make sure they order in plenty of time.

“Both Christmas and New Year will see two, two-day closures so people should factor that in when deciding what, if any, repeat medicines they need to order”

It is important to get prescriptions ordered and collected as early as possible, with the last day for re-ordering any repeat prescription being Wednesday, December 19 to be sure of getting it before Christmas.

General advice and information on how to stay healthy this winter can be found at www.nhsinform.co.uk/winter or contact NHS inform on 0800 22 44 88.