17th July 2019

Make sure you have your essential medicines this Easter Bank Holiday

With the Easter Bank Holiday fast approaching, Somerset’s GPs are reminding patients to order and collect their repeat prescriptions before Good Friday (19 April).

Dr Ed Ford, GP and Chairman of Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Every Bank Holiday we find some patients forget to re-order their essential medicines in good time and as a consequence, they become very anxious and may even end up calling emergency services or the out of hours service for help.

“If you take daily prescription medicines please take a few minutes to check whether you have sufficient supplies for the Bank Holiday weekend. If not, please get your repeat prescription at the start of the week, well before the holiday.”

Feeling unwell? Visit your local pharmacist:

If you are feeling unwell and need advice, visit your pharmacy, who will help you with managing minor illnesses, aches and pains. Information about where to find a community pharmacy over the East Bank Holiday can be found in the local press, from the Somerset CCG web site (http://www.somersetccg.nhs.uk/your-health/ask-your-pharmacist/), or the NHS website https://beta.nhs.uk/find-a-pharmacy/.

If you need urgent care call NHS 111, the 24 hour health helpline or go online https://111.nhs.uk/

For further information on how to help yourself and your family this Easter Bank Holiday please visit https://www.nhs.uk/