Patients urged to order repeat prescriptions before Easter bank holiday weekend

Patients who rely on regular prescribed medication are being urged to order repeat prescriptions before the Easter bank holiday weekend, 15 – 18 April.

Most pharmacies and GP surgeries in Sussex will be closed or have reduced hours over the bank holiday, and the NHS is advising patients to order repeat prescriptions.

Forgetting to get enough supplies of essential medication ahead of the bank holiday closures of GPs and pharmacies can put patients’ health at risk, and end up putting a lot of strain on out-of-hours services, which are there to deal with urgent health problems.

A spokesperson for Sussex NHS Commissioners, 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 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.

Those who need to collect a prescription but have coronavirus symptoms or are self-isolating at home are asked to arrange for a friend, relative or volunteer to collect it for you.  Patients can contact their GP, order repeat prescriptions and access services to manage wellbeing without leaving home at www.nhs.uk/health-at-home

And don’t forget, keeping a well-stocked medicine cabinet at home can also help everyone to be prepared for common health problems.

Those with an urgent medication issue when their GP practice is closed can use NHS 111 with pharmacists available to help online or by phone.

Other alternatives to A&E for people who need urgent care which is not an emergency over the Easter bank holiday include NHS 111 by phone or online. Available 24/7 and offers advice and guidance for patients experiencing non-emergency urgent healthcare needs and can advise on local NHS services, connect patients to a medical professional, arrange appointments and offer self-care advice.

A pharmacist can also help, offering treatment advice and recommend remedies, and give guidance on giving medicines to children. No appointment is necessary to see a local pharmacist and most have private consultation areas.

Easter 2022 Bank Holiday Pharmacy Opening Hours for Sussex