As the busiest time of year for the NHS approaches, GPs in Wokingham are reminding local people to get their repeat medicines in good time this festive period.
During public holidays pharmacies and GP surgeries often operate under reduced staff and opening hours, meaning it is advisable to ensure you have anything you might need prior to the start of the holiday. For pharmacy opening hours in the Berkshire area over the Christmas period, click this link.
Dr Johan Zylstra, Clinical Chair for Wokingham CCG and a GP at Finchampstead Surgery said: “My advice is to check your medication is up to date and if necessary, contact your GP for a repeat prescription or for a check-up. People with long-term conditions like asthma, heart conditions and diabetes should collect any repeat prescriptions they might need in plenty of time.
“I would also urge people to check they have medication at home to deal with minor injuries and common ailments like coughs, sneezes, colds and upset stomachs. Every home should have a basic medicine cabinet stocked with:
- Cough medicine
- An antacid for indigestion
- Throat lozenges
- Plasters/bandages for any cuts or scrapes.
Cllr Julian McGhee Sumner, executive member for health and wellbeing at Wokingham Borough Council said: “Don’t let illness taint your Christmas more than it has to, so check your medication is up-to-date and if necessary contact your GP for a repeat prescription or check-up. Also stock up your medicine cabinet with paracetamol, Ibuprofen , cough medicine, an antacid for indigestion, throat lozenges, and plasters and bandages for any cuts or scrapes.”
As well as encouraging people to get their repeat medicines in good time, the NHS Stay Well This Winter campaign urges people over 65, or those with long-term health conditions, to prepare for winter with advice on how to ward off common illnesses, including:
- Keep yourself warm - heat your home to least 18 degrees C or (65F) if you can.
- Make sure you get your flu jab if eligible. Children aged two, three or four, or in school years one and two, are all eligible for a free nasal flu vaccination on the NHS.
- Look out for other people who may need a bit of extra help over winter.
- If you start to feel unwell, even if it’s just a cough or a cold, then get help from your pharmacist quickly before it gets more serious.
- Make sure you have enough food and medicine. Always take your prescribed medicines as directed.
GPs are also reminding people to use their local accident and emergency services responsibly. Accident and Emergency Departments are for life threatening conditions, not minor injuries and ailments which can be treated elsewhere.
Notes to editors:
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