Don’t get caught without your regular medication this Christmas

GPs urge people to plan for the Christmas break.

GPs in Hull are reminding people to pick up their repeat prescriptions before the Christmas bank holiday.

Dr Dan Roper, chair of the CCG, commented:

 “Many GP surgeries and pharmacies will close for the holiday season, so it’s important for people who rely on regular medication to make sure they have ordered enough to last.”

Many common ailments like headaches, heart burn and colds can be treated in the comfort of your own home. Stocking your medicine cabinet can help if someone starts to feel ill over the Christmas break.

Pharmacists are fully qualified to give advice on the best course of action to take should people start to feel unwell. You can see a pharmacist for a range of problems including coughs, colds, skin conditions, aches & pains and stomach complaints. They may offer you over-the-counter remedies and will be able to advise on medicines that are safe to use with any other medications you are already taking.

In a pinch? Some pharmacies will remain open over Christmas. See a full list here.

Dr James Crick, Consultant in Public Health Medicine/Associate Medical Director for NHS HULL CCG, said:

“If you take regular medication it is important to stock up in good time for the winter holidays. This will help you to stay well over the break.

“Make sure to keep warm as the cold can cause complications for some people, particularly those with an existing medical condition. Try to heat your home to at least 18c and wear several layers as this will hold more heat close to your body.”

“Finally, winter can be very busy for local health services. Please make sure you choose the right service for your needs. If you’re unsure where to go you can always call NHS 111 for advice.”

For more local information and advice on how to Stay Well Over Winter visit: www.staywellthiswinter.co.uk

[Kelvin Dixon – NHS Hull CCG]

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