Northamptonshire residents are being urged not to leave it too late to order and collect repeat prescriptions before the Easter holidays. Running out of daily medication could have serious consequences for patients who rely on them to control heart and breathing problems.
NHS Nene Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is encouraging patients to have a healthy Easter by checking their current medication to see if they have enough to last over the bank holiday weekend.
Most GP surgeries will be closed during the Easter weekend from Friday 14 April to Monday 17 April. By re-stocking their medicine cabinets if needed, knowing when their GP surgery is open and planning ahead for any necessary repeat prescriptions, patients can ensure they make the most of the Easter holiday.
Dr Darin Seiger, GP Chair of NHS Nene CCG, said:
“Making sure you have the right medicines could make all the difference when it comes to staying well this Easter. For those with long-term health problems taking daily medication is an important part of their treatment, and many are at risk of suffering serious attacks or hospitalisation if medical supplies run out.
“If you become unwell over Easter and need advice or medical treatment quickly, then you should call NHS 111, which is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. By calling NHS 111 you will be assessed, given advice and directed straightaway to the local service that can best meet your needs.
“Common ailments such as colds can often be effectively treated at home with readily available medicine such as pain relief, cough mixture and cold remedies. So, it's important to make sure your medicine cabinet at home is well stocked and contains sufficient over-the-counter medicines to treat minor ailments."