Be prepared - order repeat prescriptions in advance

Christmas may be coming and most of us are thinking more about presents than prescriptions, but don’t forget about your medication needs over the festive period.

The county’s health and care leaders are reminding people to make sure they plan ahead and order repeat medications early, before the real Christmas rush kicks in, and to stock up the medicine cabinet with common remedies for minor ailments such as coughs and colds.

Many GP practices and pharmacies will have limited opening hours between Christmas and New Year, so patients, especially those with long-term health conditions are encouraged to order and collect their repeat prescriptions in plenty of time.

Repeat prescriptions can be ordered online by using GP Online Services, a simple service 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 Surgery. If you take two forms of photo ID with you, they can sign you up there and then.

Dr Ian Tait, GP and NHS Herefordshire CCG Clinical Chair said: “In order to stay well, patients should make sure they have enough medicine to see them through the Christmas and New Year period.”

“It’s particularly important for those that have problems walking or are elderly or frail, especially 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.”

If you require a GP appointment outside of normal working hours this winter, contact your GP Surgery to discuss extended access appointments in Herefordshire. Please note that appointments outside of usual surgery times may be with another GP or at another practice.

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