Patients in Leeds reminded to get their repeat prescriptions in time over Christmas and New Year

People on regular medication in Leeds have been reminded to sort their prescriptions out in time.

Friday, 20th December 2019, 6:00 am
Leeds health bosses are reminding patients to ensure they have their prescriptions sorted in time for Christmas. Picture: PA

Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has warned patients not to leave their repeat prescriptions too late to avoid the risk of being stuck without their medication over Christmas and New Year.

Doctors' surgeries, dispensaries and local pharmacies will have reduced opening hours or even closed over the bank holiday period.

Anyone who has a long-term condition or takes regular medication should be well prepared with enough medicine to cover the period.

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Dr Sarah Forbes, GP and NHS Leeds CCG’s Associate Medical Director, said: “If you have a long-term condition and 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 over the holiday.

"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."

If you do become unwell over the holiday period you can visit your pharmacist, who can provide free professional advice for common illnesses like coughs, colds or aches and pains. If you have an urgent health issue then you can contact NHS 111 to speak to a fully trained adviser.

The CCG is also advising people ensure their medical cabinet is adequately stocked over the Christmas period.

This should include painkillers, laxatives, indigestion medication, a thermometer, plasters and bandages and antiseptic to clean cuts and bruises.

To check your GP and local pharmacy's opening times, you can see more here.