Be health-wise and prepared in time for Christmas holidays

NHS 24's Executive Nurse Director Sheena Wright with Nisith Nathwani.
NHS 24's Executive Nurse Director Sheena Wright with Nisith Nathwani.

People who are on regular repeat prescriptions are being urged to plan ahead to make sure they have enough to last over the holiday period.

The NHS Scotland Be Health-Wise this Winter campaign is reminding people to make sure they order any required repeat prescriptions and pick it up in plenty of time.

It is also urging the renewal of any repeat prescription as soon as possible and stocking up on cold and flu remedies to deal with common illnesses circulating at this time of year.

Dr John McAnaw, Head of Pharmacy at NHS 24, said it is important for people taking regular medication to make sure they have enough supplies to last them through to the New Year.

He said: “It also only takes a few minutes to collect some over-the-counter remedies for common winter ailments. If you take regular prescription medicines, please ensure you check you have enough left to cover the holiday period.

“It’s also important not to over order, so only request what you need, and make sure you don’t run out of anything during that time.”

This year, GP surgeries throughout most of the country will be closed for four days at Christmas (December 25-28), before re-opening on Monday, December 29 and again for four days at New Year (1-4 January), before re-opening again on Monday, January 5.

The Co-operative Pharmacy is also supporting the campaign. Nisith Nathwani, regional development manager for The Co-operative Pharmacy, said: “Our pharmacists are trained to offer health and medicines advice and should be the first port of call for minor illnesses during the winter months.”

The last day for re-ordering any repeat prescription being Friday, December 19 to be sure of getting it before Christmas.

Further information can be found at www.nhsinform.co.uk/winter or contact NHS inform on 0800 22 44 88.