Be prepared - order repeat prescriptions early

As Christmas approaches, there are lots of things to think about and medication needs can often get forgotten, however health bosses in Herefordshire are reminding patients to be prepared and stock-up now.

Many GP practices and pharmacies will have limited opening hours between Christmas and New Year, so patients, especially those with long-term 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 photo ID and proof of address into the surgery, they can sign you up there and then.

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

“And as a reminder, no one wants to spend the festive period with flu so it’s not too late to get your flu jab. Talk to your GP or pharmacy to arrange.”

If you require a GP appointment outside of normal working hours this winter, ring 111 or contact your GP Surgery to discuss extended access appointments in Herefordshire.

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