Check your medications before Easter

Check your medications before Easter

Patients are being reminded to get prepared for the Easter holiday, by making sure they won’t run out of essential medications.

Over Christmas and New Year in 2017/18, 258 patients in Leicester, Leicestershire at Rutland had to call NHS111 to get emergency repeat prescriptions. So, as more bank holidays approach, health leaders are urging patients to get prepared and check they have enough medication and won’t run out while GP practices are closed.

Dr James Ogle, GP in Leicestershire said

“Many people with long term conditions rely on their prescribed medication to help them keep their condition under control. So, if you or someone you care for requires medicines regularly, it’s important to make sure you order and collect repeat prescriptions in good time to ensure you or your family have enough medicine to last over the long weekend.  Don’t become an emergency, make sure you’re prepared and can enjoy a happy Easter.”

GP practices will be closed on 30 March and 2 April for the Easter bank holidays so it is important for people to plan ahead, and check they have everything they need.

If someone does run out of medication when their GP practice is closed then they should call NHS 111, who will be able to assist them. NHS 111 should be the first call for any medical need which is urgent, but not a serious or life threatening emergency. Over Easter they will know what services are open, including local pharmacies, and there are clinicians and pharmacists available on the phone to help those patients who need it.