Don’t leave it too late for repeat prescriptions this Easter
Published: 25 March 2015 | Categories: Campaigns
We’re advising patients not to leave it too late to order and collect repeat prescriptions over the Easter and May Bank Holidays. Running out of daily medication could have serious consequences for patients who rely on them to control heart and breathing problems.
Please also use NHS services wisely over the Bank Holiday period as many GP practices will be closed and some pharmacies will also be closed.
Dr Paul Oliver, clinical lead for NHS Nottingham North and East CCG says:
“Forgetting to take vital medications can leave people extremely unwell. Anyone who regularly orders a repeat prescription should order it at least a week before their medication is due to run out. It can take 48 hours to process a repeat prescription under normal circumstances and even longer during extremely busy periods such as Bank Holidays.”
People are reminded that their GP surgery or pharmacy will be closed at times over the Easter and May Bank Holiday period. If in doubt it is best to check opening times well in advance.
Accident and emergency departments provides vital care for life threatening emergencies such as loss of consciousness, suspected heart attacks, breathing difficulties or severe bleeding that cannot be stopped. For none life threatening problems people can ring their out of hours GP service or call NHS 111; a fast and easy way to get the right help, whatever the time