People are reminded to make sure their medicine cabinets are stocked up and their repeat prescriptions ordered in time for the Christmas and New Year holiday.
Over the festive period most pharmacists and GP surgeries will be closed so people are advised to plan ahead and order repeat prescription at leave five days before.
Bubbu Thava, Clinical Chair at South Reading Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “It is important to plan ahead for any required repeat prescriptions over the holiday break, so please order early and collect in good time.
“We also remind people to keep an eye out for elderly family and neighbours over the Christmas period. There is a lot you can do to help people who are frailer than you like making sure their home is heated to at least 18°C.”
Carol Trower, Chief Executive, Local Pharmaceutical Committee, said: “During winter most coughs, colds and sneezes are viral and can be dealt with by a pharmacist who are experts in many aspects of healthcare.
“You don’t need an appointment to see a pharmacist and most pharmacies have private consultation areas, so they are a good first port of call. Your pharmacist will say if you need further medical attention.”
“It is still not too late to get your flu vaccination and Pharmacies can also do this for you.”
If you need help over the winter period when your GP surgery or pharmacy is closed, call NHS 111 and speak to a call adviser who will be able to direct you to a local service that is open. You can also visit NHS choices at www.nhs.uk
Emergency Departments (A&E) and the emergency ambulance service provide vital care for life-threatening emergencies, such as loss of consciousness, suspected heart attack or stroke, severe breathing difficulties or severe bleeding that cannot be stopped. In these cases call 999 immediately.
Choosing the right NHS service will help get you the best advice and reduces pressure on A&E and GP services, freeing them up to help those who need it most.
- Watch a pharmacist providing advice about staying well this winter here.
- See opening times for pharmacies in Berkshire over Christmas and the New Year 2016/17 here.