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Remember to order prescriptions for Easter

With Easter almost here, there’s a lot to think about, from making sure you have enough ribbon for that Easter bonnet to arranging visits to see family and friends and organising the kids.

However, one plan you really do need to make – especially if you have a long-term condition such as diabetes or heart disease, or if you’re a carer – is to order your prescriptions early so that you don’t run out of your regular medication before the holidays.

Some local pharmacies may offer reduced opening hours over the Easter period, so it’s important to plan ahead, especially if you’re going away.

Hugh Porter, Clinical Chair at NHS Nottingham City CCG, said: “Ordering your essential medicines well before the Easter break means that you have one less thing to think about. We don’t want anyone to run out of their medication over the Easter period and as a result need hospital treatment when they could be enjoying time with family and friends.

“You can save yourself time, and help the NHS, by ordering your repeat prescriptions as early as possible. You might also want to consider signing up to a repeat prescription service so you can collect your prescriptions from your pharmacy or get them delivered straight to your door.”

Your local pharmacy can offer you free, qualified health advice at any time, and no appointment is necessary. They can give you expert help on everyday illnesses and answer any questions about prescribed and over-the-counter medicines.

If you do become unwell over the Easter holidays and it’s not an emergency, please don’t go to A&E or ring 999. You can get advice and treatment for minor illnesses and injuries at the walk-in centre on London Road or the 8am – 8pm health centre on Upper Parliament St. Alternatively, dial 111 free of charge at any time of day or night for health advice. Calls to 111 are free from both landlines and mobiles.

Published: 25 March 2015