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Plan ahead for prescriptions needed over the bank holiday weekend

Patients are being urged to plan ahead and order their repeat prescriptions in plenty of time ahead of the upcoming May bank holiday weekend.

On Monday 27 May 2019 some GP practices will be closed, meaning patients will need to ensure their medication will last until after their practice reopens on Tuesday 28 May.

Dr Richard Mendelsohn, a GP and NHS Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group’s Chief Medical Officer, said: “Patients will need to ensure their repeat prescriptions are ordered and collected in advance of the long weekend if they are going to run out during the weekend; many practices need at least 48 hours’ notice when being asked to provide a repeat prescription.

“Double check your medication now and make sure it will either last you until after the bank holiday weekend, or make arrangements sooner rather than later with your practice for a repeat prescription.”

There are lots of options available for patients and their families who need medical help and advice over the bank holiday weekend:

  • Self-care – make sure you have a well-stocked medicine cabinet at home, so you can deal with minor injuries and ailments at home
  • Pharmacy – your local pharmacist can give you quick, confidential advice on lots of common illnesses, as well as over-the-counter medication. Find out if your local pharmacy is open during the bank holiday weekend here.
  • GP practice extended access appointments – some practices will be offering limited appointments, but these must be booked in advance through your GP practice. Found about extended access times for your practice hub here.
  • NHS 111 – if you’re worried about an urgent medical concern, or not sure which NHS service you need, you can either call 111 or visit online 24 hours a day, seven days a week
  • Walk-in centre or urgent care centre – if you have an illness or injury that cannot wait until your GP surgery is open, you can find out the bank holiday opening hours of these centres here.
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