Order your repeat prescriptions early this Easter

Monday 19th March, 2018

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Local people are being encouraged to plan ahead so they enjoy a healthy and happy Easter break by stocking up on essential medicines and finding out how to access the right service for their medical needs if they get ill over the long bank holiday weekend.

GP surgeries will be closed from Friday 30 March to Tuesday 03 April 2018. A GP-led out-of-hours service will be available during this busy period for those who need urgent medical care, but you can help relieve some of the pressure on this service by being prepared and only calling if your need is urgent.

One in four calls to NHS 111 at the weekend in Coastal West Sussex are for repeat prescriptions, putting unnecessary strain on services and making it harder to help those in urgent need. Local NHS organisations are asking people to make sure their medication needs are covered during the Easter period by ordering any repeat prescriptions by Friday 23 March.

Follow these three simple steps to make sure you don’t get caught out:

  1. Check your medicines cabinet – do you have enough prescription and over the counter medicine to cover you for the Easter holiday?
  2. If not, order any repeat prescriptions from your GP surgery or pharmacy by Friday 23 March if you expect these to run out before 09 April 2018
  3. Talk to your pharmacist – they can advise on medications and repeat prescriptions if you are unsure or require any more information

Dr Andrew Catto is Chief Medical Officer at Integrated Care 24 (IC24), the organisation which provides urgent care out-of-hours when local surgeries are closed. Dr Catto said:

“As many people will understand, there is always an increased pressure on health services over bank holiday weekends when GP surgeries are closed. During the bank holiday weekends our out of hours service often receives a very high volume of requests from patients who have run out of routine and non-urgent repeat medication and need help accessing a repeat prescription.

“The best advice we can give patients is to try and plan ahead as much as possible. By checking your medicine stocks, picking up prescriptions and ensuring that you have enough repeat medication to see you through the Easter break you will not only help reduce the pressure on local health services, but you will give yourself the best chance of staying well this Easter.”

Do your bit to help your NHS provide the best care this Easter by using services appropriately and only if you really need them.

A number of pharmacies will be open over the Easter weekend, providing advice and support on a range of ailments and illness. See the details of those pharmacies that are open and a map that shows the closest one to you via this page of our website.