Order regular medicines in time

Make sure you have your regular medicines ordered in time for the Bank Holiday

With the May Bank Holiday fast approaching doctors and pharmacists are reminding people to plan ahead and make sure they have the right medicines to see them through.

Those who take regular prescription medication should make sure they have ordered enough to last.

Planning ahead like this is very important to help stay well and it also helps the NHS at a time when services are busy.

Clinical pharmacist John Higgins works in a team based in Norwich GP practices, supporting GPs in prescribing and working with patients to ensure they have the right prescription medicines.

He said: “Most GP surgeries will be closed over the Bank Holiday and whilst there are always pharmacies open, prescription medicines must be ordered in good time.

“Your local pharmacist is a valuable resource - they can provide advice, offer services such as contraception, over-the-counter medicines and of course can provide repeat prescriptions. If you have elderly relatives or neighbours, ask them if they need help collecting their medications.”

It is also important to make sure medicine cabinets contain all the essential items. Medicine cabinet the essentials include:

• painkillers such as paracetamol and ibuprofen, including versions for children
• over-the-counter cough, cold, flu and indigestion remedies
• plasters
• bandages
• antiseptic cream
• thermometer