Don’t forget your prescription while Christmas shopping

As people finish off their Christmas shopping there’s a good chance some will have left one very important item off their shopping list.

With Christmas fast approaching, local people with long-term health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, lung and heart disease are being reminded not to leave it too late to get their repeat prescriptions.

Many GP practices and pharmacies will be closed on the bank holidays over Christmas and New Year so it is important people check they have enough medication to see them through and don’t need to seek urgent help.

Dr Neil Hartley-Smith, Clinical Director of Fylde Coast CCGs, said: “It is important that patients with long-term conditions have enough of their prescribed medication to see them through to the New Year.

“So if you or a relative have a long-term condition I’d encourage you to check that you have enough medication to see you through the festive period. If not, it is important to order more in good time – then you can get on with enjoying the holiday period in good health!”

The easiest way to order a repeat prescription is by going online. The My GP app or Patient Access can be used by everyone on the Fylde coast to request their medication from the comfort of their home, by using a computer or with a mobile phone or tablet. Patient Access can also be used to book an appointment with a GP and to view medical records.

Now is also a good time to double check that home medicine cabinets are well stocked with over-the-counter remedies so that minor illnesses and injuries can be managed at home during the festive period.