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Doctors prescribe a course of ‘planning ahead’ for the Easter weekend
12 April 2017

With Easter nearly upon us, local GPs are advising patients to ensure they don’t go short of vital medication over the bank holiday period.

The Easter weekend starts on Friday 14 April (Good Friday) followed by bank holiday Monday 17 April (Easter Monday).

GPs are urging people who need repeat prescriptions to order them in good time, before the holiday rush.

Many GP practices and pharmacies may also have reduced opening hours so it is advised that orders are made to avoid complications – particularly as many frontline staff come under extra pressure during bank holiday periods through helping those that have left orders to the last minute.

Dr Jim Hogan, Chief Clinical Officer at Portsmouth CCG said: “Please take the time to check your medicine supplies for both yourself and your loved ones and make sure you have enough to last you through the bank holiday – if you need to put in a repeat order, do this in good time.

“Unfortunately, there are always people who get caught out by bank holiday weekends, meaning that they leave orders until the last moment or run out altogether – that puts a great amount of pressure on staff members that are already working extremely hard to care for others. Help us to help you, by planning ahead.

“Please can I also remind you of the other options that are available should you need medical assistance during the bank holiday. If your condition is not life-threatening, please help our frontline staff by attending a walk-in centre, calling NHS 111, speaking to your local pharmacist or if possible visit your GP.”

Your local pharmacy bank holiday opening times will be available on the CCG websites soon.

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