Repeat prescriptions...plan now for Christmas but only order what you need

As Christmas approaches, NHS Basildon and Brentwood Clinical Commissioning Group is reminding patients to be prepared and stock up now with the medicines they will need over the festive period.

Many GP practices and pharmacies will have limited opening hours between Christmas and New Year and so the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is advising those with long-term conditions to order and collect their repeat prescriptions in plenty of time.

You should still STOP and THINK before ordering repeat prescription items:

• Check your medicine cupboard and don’t stockpile
• Ask yourself – do you really need this?
• If you have repeat prescription, don’t pick up medication you don’t need.
• Always check the bag BEFORE you leave the pharmacy and hand back any prescription items you don’t use.
• Don’t stop taking your medication without talking to a healthcare professional
• Ask your pharmacist for a medicines use review

Repeat prescriptions can be ordered online by using GP Online Services - a simple website that can also be used to make and cancel appointments and view medical records. If you are not already registered, you can find out more or ask for a registration form from your GP Practice. If you take two forms of photo ID in to the surgery they can sign you up there and then.

Dr Arv Guniyangodage, Chair of Basildon and Brentwood CCG, said: “In order to stay well, patients should make sure they have enough medicine for over the Christmas period. It’s really important for those that have problems walking, are elderly or frail particularly if the weather takes a turn and we have ice or snow. No one wants to end up being admitted to hospital over the festive break so now’s the time to get organised.”

For more information on what you can do to stay well this winter visit www.nhs.uk/staywell

Date: 12 December 2016

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