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Stay well this winter, donít get caught without medicines

21st December 2017

Christmas and New Year can be a busy time, which makes it easy to miss checking on your medicine supplies. So local GPs are asking people to order repeat prescriptions early to make sure they have enough to tide them over the holiday period when some GP practices and pharmacies are closed.

GP online services make it even easier for patients to order repeat prescriptions or even book practice appointments from a smartphone, tablet or computer; saving them a trip to their surgery. People should ask about GP online services at their GP practice.

No one wants their Christmas ruined by illness, especially if it can be treated at home with a well-stocked medicine cabinet.

Pharmacists are fully qualified to give advice on the best course of action to take should people start to feel unwell. People can see a pharmacist for a range of problems including coughs, colds, skin conditions, aches and pains and stomach complaints. They may offer over-the-counter remedies and will be able to give advice on medicines that are safe to use with any other medications people are already taking.

There are six Minor Injury Units (MIUs) throughout East Riding of Yorkshire, operated by highly skilled, qualified practitioners who can treat such injuries as: minor fractures, sprains, strains, cuts, bites and minor burns. People should use their local minor injury unit when they need treatment for a minor injury, which DOES NOT require a visit to A&E or a medical appointment.

For people who are still unsure where to go then they should ‘Talk before you walk’ and call NHS 111, a free to call 24/7 service that offers expert guidance and can advise where to go for medical help.

Dr Gina Palumbo, Local GP and Chair East Riding of Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group said:

“If you do rely on repeat prescriptions it is important to stock up in good time for the winter holidays. This will help you to stay well over the break.

“Please take extra care in the cold weather if you have an underlying health condition like bronchitis, emphysema, diabetes, heart disease, stroke or kidney disease; or you are aged 65 or over.

“At the first sign of a cough or cold, it’s worth asking your local pharmacist for advice. They are fully qualified and can be the best and quickest way to help you recover and get back to normal. 

“We also want to remind elderly people how important it is to keep warm and active in the cold weather. Moving around will help you stay warm, and keep you fit and healthy at the same time. For more local information and advice on how to stay well over winter visit www.staywellthiswinter.co.uk

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