Get your medicine early for August Bank Holiday weekend

Dr Kevin Hill, chairman of NHS South Lincolnshire CCG.
Dr Kevin Hill, chairman of NHS South Lincolnshire CCG.

NHS South Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is reminding patients to order their repeat prescriptions in plenty of time for August Bank Holiday Monday.

Prescriptions should be ordered and collected at least a week in advance as many pharmacies may be closed on August 29.

Dr Kevin Hill, chairman of NHS South Lincolnshire CCG which covers much of South Holland, Sutterton, Bourne and Market Deepings, said: “Make sure you renew any regular prescriptions and collect medication before the holidays start as running out of daily medication over this period could have serious consequences for patients who rely on them to control heart and breathing problems.

“The last thing we want for our patients is having their bank holiday spoilt by not being able to take regular medication.

“For those with long-term health problems, taking daily medication is an important part of their treatment and many are at risk of suffering serious attacks or hospital stays if medical supplies run out.”

South Lincolnshire CCG is appealing to patients, their families and carers to check now that they have enough daily medication to see them through the break and if they don’t, they should call into their pharmacist or local GP surgery in good time.

Make sure you renew any regular prescriptions and collect medication before the holidays start as the last thing we want for our patients is having their bank holiday spoilt by not being able to take regular medication

Dr Kevin Hill, chairman of NHS South Lincolnshire CCG

However, if you become unwell over the bank holiday period or need medical advice when your GP surgery is closed, GP out-of-hours services can be accessed by calling NHS 111 free of charge.

Bank holidays are noticeably busy times of year for the NHS so picking up a repeat prescription in advance could help keep staff free to deal with life-threatening emergencies.