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20/08/18

You’ve packed your flip flops and your beach towel… don’t forget your prescription

A local GP is reminding people across Bradford districts and Craven to remember to request their repeat prescriptions ahead of the August Bank Holiday weekend, when many pharmacies will be closed.

Most GP practices need a minimum of 48 hours’ notice in order to issue a repeat prescription. Dr Andy Withers, a GP and one of the clinical chairs at NHS Bradford Districts and Craven CCGs, is urging people who have regular prescriptions to allow plenty of time if they need these refilling before the public holiday.

Sharing his advice for taking care of yourself before and during the holiday, Dr Withers said: “As people get ready for the summer bank holiday, whether that be packing for a holiday abroad or a trip to the coast, there can be a lot to remember.

“However, if you do forget to order your repeat prescription, you run the risk of becoming ill and putting pressure on services that are already busier than normal at this time of year.

“If you do need repeat medicines during the holiday period, call NHS 111, which is free to call from both landlines and mobiles and open 24/7. The team at NHS 111 can arrange an emergency supply until you speak to your practice after the break.

“Our hardworking NHS staff are always here for you if you need them, but please use our services wisely and make sure your prescription is on you summer to do list, along with your sunscreen and flip flops!”

If you feel unwell over the holidays, you can check your symptoms using the online NHS symptoms checker which can be found on the NHS Choices website – www.nhs.uk. NHS Choices provides a range of up-to-date information on a range of common illnesses and also includes a services finder to help people find the most appropriate local service nearest to them.

If you need urgent help, but it’s not a 999 emergency, call NHS 111 for advice and direction to the most appropriate service. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and calls are free.

Dr Withers added: “A&E departments and the emergency services are often very busy over bank holidays and are there to help people with life-threatening illness and injuries. Please support your local NHS by choosing the most appropriate service this summer.”

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