Prescription advice this bank holiday

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Health chiefs are warning people across the Wakefield district to make sure they order repeat prescriptions in time for the bank holiday.

NHS Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has warned that forgetting to get repeat prescriptions in time for the bank holiday weekend puts extra pressure on GP out-of-hours services.

It is asking patients to contact their GP surgery as soon as possbile if they need regular medicines to last during the long weekend.

Dr Adam Sheppard, assistant clinical chairman of the CCG, said: “It’s often easy for people to overlook the bank holiday when it comes to ordering repeat prescriptions, but forgetting to get enough supplies can put a lot of strain on out-of-hours services, which are there to deal withurgent health problems – not to issue repeat prescriptions.”

As well as making sure they have enough medication, people are also being urged to only cal 999 or go to hospital A&E departments in a medical emergency.

NHS 111 is now available to give advice. Callers are assessed, given advice and directed straight away to the most appropriate service, from an out-of-hours doctor, walk-in clinic or more.