Reminder to order repeat prescriptions ahead of the festive holidays


GP practices are closed for four days over Christmas and three days over the New Year bank holiday

We’re being reminded to order repeat prescriptions in plenty of time ahead of the festive period.

With just one full week left until some community pharmacies and all GP surgeries close for the Christmas period patients are being encouraged to order their repeat prescriptions as quickly as possible. 

These can be ordered through the NHS App, where repeat prescription requests can be sent directly to your GP practice or local community pharmacy for collection or even delivery.   Anyone who doesn’t have the App can find out more here.

Many GP practices also offer an online repeat prescription service via their websites, and patients who do not have online access can call their surgery to order their repeat medications.

Dr Abid Irfan, director of primary care at the Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West Integrated Care Board, said: “Help yourself stay well over the Christmas and New Year holidays by making sure you have enough of your medication to see you through. GP practices are closed for four days over Christmas and three days over the New Year bank holiday and many pharmacies will have different opening times.

“It’s best to order your usual medications well in advance, especially if you’re going away. And you can also help by checking with more vulnerable family members, friends and neighbours that they have the medications they need.

“If you do run out of your medication, NHS 111 online can offer advice on how to get an emergency supply. But it’s always best to be prepared.”

Opening times of pharmacies during the Christmas and New Year bank holidays can be found here.

Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam

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