With only a week to go until Christmas, Fylde coast residents with long term health conditions are being reminded not to leave it too late to get their repeat prescriptions.

Many GP practices will have limited opening hours between Christmas and New Year, which means some people may struggle if they run out of their medication.

Dr Tony Naughton, Thornton GP and clinical chief officer at NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “We want everybody to enjoy the festive season, and requesting a repeat prescription now will help to reduce any potential health problems arising from a lack of medication.

“A well-stocked medicine cabinet becomes even more important over the winter period for everyone though.  It is this reserve stock of medicine that can be essential over the Christmas holidays when GP practices operate limited hours.”

Dr Amanda Doyle, Blackpool GP and chief clinical officer at NHS Blackpool CCG, added: “There are many people with long-term health conditions such as asthma and diabetes.  We want to ensure that these patients are able to enjoy the Christmas and New Year period by encouraging them to make sure they have enough medication to see them through the holidays.  If necessary they should contact their GP today and ask for a repeat prescription.”

NHS teams across the Fylde coast are backing the ‘Think! Why A&E’ campaign.  It aims to educate local residents about the range of health services available and encourages them to choose the right NHS service for them and their families according to their symptoms.

Details of pharmacy opening times across Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre can be found at www.WhyAandE.nhs.uk.

Contact your GP practice directly via telephone for details of their opening hours during the holiday period, or alternatively visit the practice website.


Notes to editors:

Medicine cabinet essentials

  • Every home should have a basic medicine cabinet stocked with:
  • Paracetamol
  • Ibuprofen
  • Cough medicine
  • Antacids for indigestion
  • Throat lozenges
  • Plasters/bandages for any cuts or scrapes





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