Repeat prescriptions at Christmas and New Year

WITH Christmas galloping closer, Montrose residents are being urged to plan ahead for repeat prescriptions as part of a major health campaign.

The NHSScotland Be Ready for Winter campaign is reminding everyone to make sure they check any repeat prescriptions they need for themselves and those they look after ahead of time this festive period.

As well as making sure their medicine cabinets are re-stocked with commonly used remedies for minor illnesses, people are being urged to organise any required repeat prescription as soon as possible.

John McAnaw, Head of Pharmacy at NHS 24, said it is important for people taking regular medication to make sure they have enough supplies to last them through to the New Year. He said: “At this time of year, with only a couple of weeks left until Christmas, people will be focused on getting organised to make sure they can make the most of the holiday period. It is important not to forget about putting winter health necessities on your ‘to do’ list.

“It also only takes a few minutes to collect some over-the-counter remedies for winter ailments. If you take regular medications, please ensure you check you have enough left to cover the holiday period. It’s also important not to waste medicines, so only order what you need, and make sure you don’t run out of anything during that time.”

This year, GP surgeries will be closed for two days: Tuesday and Wednesday, December 25 and 26.

Community Pharmacy Scotland is backing the national campaign. Harry McQuillan, Chief Executive Officer said: “Patients who rely on regular medication should check how much they have left now, and if they are going to run out they need to make sure they order in plenty of time. Both Christmas and New Year will see two two-day closures, so people should factor that in when deciding what, if any, repeat medicines they need to order”

It is important to get prescriptions ordered and collected as early as possible, with the last day for re-ordering any repeat prescription being Wednesday, December 19, to be sure of getting it before Christmas.

General advice and information on how to stay healthy this winter can be found at www.nhsinform.co.uk/winter or contact NHS inform on 0800 22 44 88.

The four key steps that Be Ready for Winter is recommending everyone take in preparation for their health this winter are:

* Restock your winter medicine cabinet. Many children and adults pick up common winter ailments such as a cold or flu-like illness. These can often be effectively treated at home with readily available medicine. Parents are reminded to restock their medicine cabinet with remedies suitable for children.

* Use your local pharmacy. Your local pharmacy is an accessible resource for you and your family. Your pharmacist can offer advice or help if you have run out of any prescribed medication. You can also collect medicine for minor ailments or illnesses.

* Make sure you have repeat prescriptions. If you or someone you care for needs to re-order a medicine they regularly take, make sure you order and collect the repeat prescriptions in good time to ensure you or your family have enough medicine to last over the Christmas holiday period.

* Know when your GP surgery will be open. Your local doctor’s surgery will be open on Monday, December 24, then closed on Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th.