As Christmas approaches, there are lots of things to think about and medication needs can often be forgotten, however health bosses in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire have reminded the public to think ahead.
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.
Dr Stephen Shortt, GP at East Leake Medical Group and Joint Clinical Leader at the NHS Nottingham and Nottinghamshire 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 people with long term health conditions and those who are elderly, 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 look out for those who may not be able to collect their prescriptions themselves.
“As we head into winter and face more pressures upon services I would also like to remind you that it is not too late to get your flu vaccine. No one wants to spend the festive period with flu. Contact your GP or pharmacy to arrange this.”
Patients are reminded that, while practices remain open, first contact should always be made by telephone or online, at which point the most appropriate response or appointment will be offered or organised.
You can also contact 111 or go to 111 online if you are unsure which service you need over the Christmas period.
For more information on pharmacy opening times over Christmas please visit: https://nottsccg.nhs.uk/ccg/pharmacies-christmas-and-new-year-2020-21-bank-holiday-times/