What you need to have in your medicine cabinet this Covid Christmas according to Leeds NHS
Due to the reduced hours of many local pharmacies and GP practices, anyone with a long-term condition or needing regular medication must be prepared by having enough medicines to cover the festive period.
The CCG is advising that people check their medicine cabinets so they are prepared if they were to fall ill during winter.
A medicine cabinet should include:
Paracetamol and aspirin, and the equivalent medications (such as Calpol) for children
Mild laxatives to relieve constipation
Remedies for indigestion
Travel sickness medication
Rehydration mixtures for vomiting or diarrhoea
A thermometer to check for a fever
Tweezers and sharp scissors to remove splinters or cut bandages
A range of plasters, bandages, non-absorbent cotton wool, elastic bandages and dressings in various sizes
Antiseptic to clean cuts and scrapes before they’re dressed, and to be used on insect stings, ulcers, or pimples
Dr Sarah Forbes, GP and NHS Leeds CCG’s Associate Medical Director said: “With GP practices, hospitals and pharmacies under pressure due to Covid-19 it is important that you plan ahead when ordering or collecting repeat prescriptions.
“You don’t need to order more than you would normally, but if you take regular medication, it is important to pick up any repeat prescriptions as many GP practices and pharmacies will be closed or have reduced opening hours on the bank holidays. Forgetting to take medication can have serious health consequences for some patients. Plan ahead this holiday to enjoy a happy and healthy Christmas and New Year.”
Anyone who does feel unwell over the holiday period can visit their local pharmacist, who can provide free medical advice for common illnesses like colds, or aches and pains.
GP appointments will be available throughout the festive season, however, anyone who has any of the coronavirus symptoms should stay home and book a test as soon as possible.
These symptoms include a high temperature, a new and continuous cough and a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.