Patients are being encouraged by NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to plan ahead this bank holiday.
The CCG is urging patients to ensure they have any repeat prescriptions they need by calling into their local surgery or pharmacy in good time. Most practices need at least 48 hours to process a repeat prescription request.
Local pharmacists can give advice on common health problems and many are open over the bank holiday. Patients can find out which pharmacies are open over the bank holiday weekend on the CCG’s website at www.nhssouthernderbyshireccg.nhs.uk and at www.choosewellsouthernderbyshire.co.uk
Dr Sheila Newport, Chair of NHS Southern Derbyshire CCG, said:
“We want people to have fun and stay safe over the bank holiday, and a little bit of forward planning will really help with that.
“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.
“Pharmacies are also the ideal place over the bank holiday weekend to get over the counter remedies and advice for minor problems such as coughs and colds or ailments like bumps and grazes – things that don’t really need a visit to the doctor or hospital.
“If you become unwell over the bank holiday weekend or need medical advice when your GP surgery is closed, GP out-of-hours services can be accessed by calling NHS 111.
“Patients can get advice on choosing the right health service at the right time by visiting www.choosewellsouthernderbyshire.co.uk”