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Don’t leave it too late to order your repeat prescriptions

Published Monday 17 December 2018 at 9:00

With just over a week to go until Christmas, people with long term health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, lung and heart disease are being reminded not to leave it too late to get their repeat prescriptions.

Many GP practices will have limited opening hours between Christmas and New Year, which means some people may struggle if they run out of their medication.

Dr Preeti Shukla, Clinical Lead at the Clinical Commissioning Groups said:

We want to make sure that people with these illnesses have a good Christmas and New Year. There is a real danger that if they have problems with their medication, they could end up seriously ill and even in hospital, which is the last thing they want over Christmas.

My advice is to check your medication is up to date and if necessary contact your GP practice for a repeat prescription or for a check-up.

I would also urge people to be prepared should you become ill over the winter period.

Every home should have a basic medicine cabinet stocked with:

  • Paracetamol
  • Ibuprofen
  • Cough medicine
  • An antacid for indigestion
  • Throat lozenges
  • Plasters/Bandages for any cuts or scrapes”

Your local high street pharmacy can help you deal with minor illnesses and complaints such as coughs, colds, flu, stomach upsets, aches and sprains. To find your local NHS service go to the NHS website and use the free service finder.

For further information visit the NHS Stay Well website

Christmas pharmacy opening times are:

Christmas Day-25 December 2018

  • 4 Court Pharmacy Blackburn Service Station, Whalley Banks, Blackburn, BB2 1NT 11:00-19:00
  • Audley Late Night Pharmacy 114-116 Audley Range, Blackburn, BB1 1TG 14:00-23:00
  • Beehive Pharmacy Beehive Service Station, Beehive Trading Park, Blackburn, BB1 2EE 11:00-23:00
  • Market Street Pharmacy 29-31 Market Street, Darwen, BB3 1PS 10:00-14:00
  • Whalley Range Pharmacy 1 Whalley Range, Blackburn, BB1 6DX 10:00-20:00

Boxing Day-26 December 2018

  • 4Court Pharmacy Blackburn Service Station, Whalley Banks, Blackburn, BB2 1NT 11:00-19:00
  • Asda Pharmacy Lower Audley Retail Park, Grimshaw Park Road, Blackburn, BB2 3DY 09:00-18:00
  • Aston Pharmacy 95 Accrington Road, Blackburn, BB5 1RP 10:00-13:00
  • Audley Late Night Pharmacy 114-116 Audley Range, Blackburn, BB1 1TG 14:00-23:00
  • Beehive Pharmacy Beehive Service Station, Beehive Trading Park, Blackburn, BB1 2EE 11:00-23:00
  • Boots 2 Cobden Ct, Blackburn,BB1 7JJ 08:30-17:30
  • Boots Great Bolton St, Blackburn,BB2 3RX 09:00-18:00
  • Brownhill Pharmacy 782 Whalley New Road, Blackburn, BB1 9BA 09:00-19:00
  • Market Street Pharmacy 29-31 Market Street, Darwen, BB3 1PS 10:00-18:00
  • Morrisons Pharmacy Morrisons Supermarket, Railway Road, Blackburn, BB1 5AZ 10:00-16:00
  • Whalley Range Pharmacy 1 Whalley Range, Blackburn, BB1 6D 10:00-20:00

New Year’s Day-1 January 2019

  • 4Court Pharmacy Blackburn Service Station, Whalley Banks, Blackburn, BB2 1NT 11:00-19:00
  • Asda Pharmacy Lower Audley Retail Park, Grimshaw Park Road, Blackburn, BB2 3DY 10:00-17:00
  • Aston Pharmacy 95 Accrington Road, Blackburn, BB5 1RP 10:00-13:00
  • Audley Late Night Pharmacy 114 -116 Audley Range, Blackburn, BB1 1TG 14:00-23:00
  • Beehive Pharmacy Beehive Service Station, Beehive Trading Park, Blackburn, BB1 2EE 11:00-23:00
  • Boots Great Bolton St, Blackburn, BB2 3RX 10:30-16:30
  • Brownhill Pharmacy 782 Whalley New Road, Blackburn, BB1 9BA 09:00-19:00
  • Market Street Pharmacy 29-31 Market Street, Darwen, BB3 1PS 10:00-18:00
  • Morrisons Pharmacy Morrisons Supermarket, Railway Road, Blackburn, BB1 5AZ 10:00-16:00
  • Whalley Range Pharmacy 1 Whalley Range, Blackburn, BB1 6DX 10:00-18:00
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