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Easter reminder: Don’t forget to order your repeat prescriptions

The region’s NHS 111 service is encouraging people to check whether they need a repeat prescription before the four-day Easter weekend (Friday 14 - Monday 17 April 2017).

The urgent care service continues to receive a significant number of calls from patients who have run out of their regular medication and is urging people to make sure that they have sufficient stocks so they do not run out over the Easter break.

Dr Philip Foster, Director of Planned and Urgent Care at Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust which operates the NHS 111 service in Yorkshire and the Humber, Bassetlaw, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire, is asking people to check their supplies of prescription medicine:

“Easter is a busy bank holiday period for everyone and it is easy to forget about repeat prescriptions. We are taking this opportunity to remind people to check that they have enough medication to see them through Easter. Any repeat prescriptions should be requested from your GP in the next couple of days so you can enjoy the bank holiday weekend without the worry of running out of essential tablets and medicines. Please also remind any friends or relatives you have coming to stay with you to pack their medicines.”

“We are also asking people to check their GP opening hours over the Easter period and to ensure that they have a well-stocked medicine cabinet so that if they fall ill with common ailments such as colds and coughs or diarrhoea and vomiting they can treat themselves at home.”

Be prepared for most common ailments by keeping a well-stocked medicine cabinet at home
http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Pharmacy/Pages/Yourmedicinecabinet.aspx

Check out health advice on treating common illnesses with help from your pharmacist at NHS Choices   
http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Pharmacy/Pages/Commonconditions.aspx

ENDS

Notes to Editor: 
1. Yorkshire Ambulance Service provides the NHS 111 urgent care service to residents of Yorkshire and the Humber, Bassetlaw, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire.
2. This represents one of the largest NHS 111 services covering 10.7% of the population of England.
3. In West Yorkshire we provide the GP out-of-hours service for local communities through a partner organisation – Local Care Direct (LCD).

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