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Be prepared - order repeat prescriptions early

As Christmas approaches, there are lots of things to think about and medication needs can often get forgotten, however health bosses in Herefordshire and Worcestershire are reminding patients to be prepared.

Many GP practices and pharmacies will have limited opening hours between Christmas and New Year, so patients, especially those with long-term conditions are encouraged to order and collect their repeat prescriptions in plenty of time.

Dr Ian Tait, Chair for NHS Herefordshire and Worcestershire CCG, said: “In order to stay well, patients should make sure they have enough medicine for over the Christmas and New Year period.

“It’s really important for those that have problems walking, are elderly or frail, particularly if the weather takes a turn and we have ice or snow. No one wants to end up being admitted to hospital over the festive break so now’s the time to get organised.

“And as a reminder, no one wants to spend the festive period with flu so it’s not too late to get your flu jab. Contact your GP or pharmacy to arrange.”

Patients are reminded that, while practices remain open, first contact should always be made by telephone or online, at which point the most appropriate appointment will be offered.

For more information on what you can do to stay well visit www.nhs.uk/staywell

Information that was held previously by NHS Herefordshire CCG, NHS Redditch and Bromsgrove CCG, NHS South Worcestershire CCG and NHS Wyre Forest CCG was transferred to NHS Herefordshire and Worcestershire CCG on 1 April 2020.

The new CCG is the the new data controller. Any questions about the use of data (including patient data) by the new CCG should be directed to hw.enquiries@nhs.net.