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Get your prescriptions early to avoid the Christmas rush

Dates: 25, November, 2017 Category: Health advice

Patients are being urged to be prepared with their prescription medication over the festive period.

With Christmas approaching, health bosses are reminding patients to ensure they have enough medication to get them through the festive period.

Many GP practices will have limited opening hours between Christmas and New Year. Patients with long term conditions should make sure they order and collect their repeat prescriptions as soon as possible.

How to order

Wendy Martin, executive lead nurse, midwife and quality at NHS Lincolnshire West Clinical Commissioning Group said there were now new ways to be able to order repeat prescriptions.

Wendy Martin

She said: “We know that lots of people with long term conditions and illnesses rely on prescribed medication to help them manage their condition and keep it under control.

“The Christmas and New Year period can be a difficult one for them if they do not have enough medication at home when GP practices and some pharmacies are closed.

“It is important they order their repeat prescriptions early.

Double check

“We would urge patients to double check how much medicine they have got in their cupboards and how much they will need to get them through the festive period.

“If they need more to order their repeat prescription in plenty of time.

“To make ordering repeat prescriptions easier, patients can now do this online by signing up to GP Online Services.

“This is a national initiative where patients can also make GP appointments online.”

To find out more about GP Online Services, visit

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