If you need repeat prescriptions make sure you order them in time for Christmas and New Year.
Over the bank holidays most pharmacists and GP surgeries will be closed so the advice is to plan ahead and order repeat prescriptions at least five days before the start of the festivities.
Dr Ed Capo-Bianco, Locality Clinical Director at Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “To stay well you should plan ahead for repeat prescriptions you’ll need over the holiday break, so please order early and collect in good time.”
Ed said: “Having a winter plan will also help you stay well over the holidays. This can include having a free flu vaccination if you are eligible, ensuring your medicine cabinet is well stocked up to treat minor ailments like coughs and colds, and getting help before a condition gets worse.”
He added: “I urge people to keep an eye out for elderly family members and neighbours over Christmas and New Year. There is a lot you can do to help people who are frail and vulnerable, like calling round to see if they need anything or to make sure their home is heated to at least 18°C.”
If you need advice when your GP surgery or pharmacy is closed, call NHS 111 and speak to a call handler who will be able to direct you to a local service that is open.
To see which pharmacies are open over the Christmas and New Year holidays click here or visit: https://www.oxfordshireccg.nhs.uk/your-health/choose-the-right-service/pharmacy.htm
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