Christmas and New Year can be a busy time when chores like checking medicine supplies can be overlooked. Checking medical supplies is very important, though, and local GPs are warning people to order repeat prescriptions early to make sure they have enough to tide them over the holiday period.
Patients on repeat prescriptions are advised to request them ten working days before the winter break to allow enough time for processing by both GP and pharmacy. This means that all repeat prescription requests should be made by 10 December.
For added convenience, patients are encouraged to register for GP online services to order repeat prescriptions or even book practice appointments from a smartphone, tablet or computer.
With the weather turning colder, people are recommended to seek advice from their pharmacist at the first sign of a winter illness, even if it’s just a cough or cold.
Older people can be more susceptible to developing serious health problems when it is cold outside so they are reminded to think about keeping their houses warm and staying active. At the same time, the general public is asked to keep an eye on elderly neighbours in the cold weather.
It is recommended that people with an underlying health condition like bronchitis, emphysema, diabetes, heart disease, stroke or kidney disease, or who are aged 65 or over, take extra care in the cold weather.
At the first sign of a cough or cold, it’s worth asking your high street pharmacist for advice. If they can’t help you, they’ll be able to refer you to a service that can.