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Order repeat prescriptions in time for the bank holiday

Patients in Nottingham City are being urged to check their medicine cabinets and order any repeat prescriptions in plenty of time for the May bank holiday. 

“If you know you’ll need to take medication over the bank holiday take a moment now to plan ahead and make sure you have time to get your prescriptions and medication,” said Hugh Porter, Clinical Chair of NHS Nottingham City Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and a GP at Cripps Health Centre. “A little forward planning now could save a great deal of inconvenience and help make sure everyone has a relaxing break.”

GP surgeries will be closed on bank holiday Monday and many pharmacies will be operating reduced opening hours.

If you do need medical help or advice over the bank holidays there are a number of places that can help:

If you need help fast but don’t think it’s a 999 emergency, you can call 111. The service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and is free to call from landlines and mobile phones.

If you have a minor illness or injury you can go to an NHS walk-in centre at London Road or on Upper Parliament Street.

If you need advice for minor health problems you can speak to your pharmacist for on-the-spot advice and remedies for a wide range of problems such as stomach upsets, coughs and colds. Details of Nottingham City pharmacies that are open on bank holiday Monday can be found online at www.bit.ly/bank_hol_pharmacies.

Information is also available online via NHS Choices – here you will find a wide range of online health and symptom checkers at www.nhs.uk.

If you think you need to see a GP out-of-hours, telephone 111. The 111 service can put you in contact with the GP out-of-hours service, which can arrange for you to see a doctor or nurse during evenings and weekends if needed.

You should only call 999 or visit the Emergency Department (A&E) in a real emergency. This includes a serious injury or life-threatening problem such as loss of consciousness, severe breathing difficulty, heavy bleeding, severe chest pain, suspected broken bones, deep wounds (e.g. stab wounds), swallowing something harmful or poisonous or a drug overdose.

Published: 18 May 2015