Last call for anyone who needs a repeat prescription this Festive Season

With the Christmas and New Year fast approaching, people are being reminded that there is only a few days left to get your requests in to order repeat prescriptions before Christmas.

If people take regular medication, the NHS is urging them to check their supplies today to ensure that they have enough for the festive period.

With Christmas Day and Boxing Day taking place on Saturday and Sunday this year, there will be Bank Holidays on 27 and 28 December, meaning that GP practices will be closed for the four-day period.

If you do need medications for next week, please use the normal systems at your GP practice or local pharmacy to request a repeat prescription.

Please avoid calling your GP practice unless you need to for medication queries and avoid peak times for appointments, as all surgeries are currently experiencing high levels of calls.

A spokesperson for the NHS in Sussex said: “Making sure you renew any regular prescriptions and collect medication before the holidays starts helps you stay well, and it really helps our NHS too.

“Running out of daily medication over the bank holiday weekend(s) could have serious consequences, especially for patients who rely on their prescriptions to control heart and breathing problems.

“Therefore, we are reminding patients, their families and carers to please check now that they have enough daily medication to see them through the bank holiday break.”

Bank holidays are noticeably busy times of year for the NHS so picking up a repeat prescription in advance really does helps us, help you.

If you need to collect a prescription but have coronavirus symptoms or are self-isolating at home please arrange for a friend, relative or volunteer to collect it for you.  Patients can contact your GP, order repeat prescriptions and access services to manage wellbeing without leaving home.

And don’t forget you can also be prepared for common health problems by keeping a well-stocked medicine cabinet at home.

If you do have urgent medication issues when your GP practice is closed, please use NHS 111 online or by phone. The service has pharmacists available to help and support you.