Easter will be with us before we know it. As most pharmacies and GP practices close on bank holidays, Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is reminding people who need medication to get ready by making sure they have enough of their usual medicines to see them through the long weekend.
Paula Wilkinson, Chief Pharmacist at Mid Essex CCG, said: “We advise that you put in the order at least a week before your medication is due to run out, as it can take three to four working days to process a repeat prescription. The lead-up to Easter sees GPs and community pharmacies even busier than usual, so it’s even more important to be prepared.
“It’s also worth making sure that you only tick the items you require if you take more than one medicine. Using electronic repeat prescriptions is an easy way to help you do this – if you are not already registered for the service, just speak to your GP practice.”
In an emergency, pharmacies sometimes can issue a medicine you really need without a prescription. There are pharmacies around mid Essex open on Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday – there is a list over the page.
If you do need an emergency supply from a pharmacist, take along an old prescription or the medicine's packaging if you have them.
If you can’t get to a pharmacy, there are still a number of ways you might get urgent help. For general information about options available to you when your usual pharmacy is closed, visit NHS Choices. You can also call NHS111 free of charge.
By being organised, we can all support our hospital and ambulance services to prioritise the patients with greatest need and reduce delays for the right care.
Try to put in the order at least a week before your medication is due to run out, as it can take three to four working days to process a repeat prescription.