The Easter bank holiday is just around the corner and people are being urged to consider if they have enough medicine to last.
The long weekend runs from Friday 19 April to Monday 22 April, and during this time, pharmacies and GP surgeries are likely to have reduced opening hours. People are reminded to order repeat prescriptions this week to ensure they have their medication in time for the holidays.
Dr Elizabeth Fellows, GP and urgent care clinical lead for Portsmouth, Fareham and Gosport and South Eastern Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), said: “Every bank holiday lots of frontline staff are put under extra pressure to try to chase up prescription orders for those who have forgotten, this is very difficult with many GP surgeries and pharmacies closed.
“It is always good to regularly check your medicine supply, but in preparation for the bank holiday, I would urge everyone simply to check their supplies and plan ahead. This can really help to ease the pressure on staff at such a busy time, as well as saving you lots of time and trouble”.
If you find yourself in need of medical treatment or advice, pharmacies do much more than simply issue repeat prescriptions. It is a great first option for quick, helpful advice. Your pharmacist can recommend over the counter treatments or direct you to a more suitable clinical professional if necessary.
Pharmacy opening hours are likely to be reduced during the bank holiday weekend, please ensure you check the time on the NHS Portsmouth CCG website or check the NHS Fareham and Gosport CCG website for south eastern Hampshire.
The information on pharmacy opening times if correct at the time of publication, however these are subject to change. You can also check the NHS pharmacy services page as an additional precaution.
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