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

Published Wednesday 15 December 2021 at 15:20

Christmas is just around the corner and people who are living with a long-term health condition such as asthma, diabetes, lung or heart disease are being reminded not to leave it too late to order their repeat prescriptions.

GP practices will be closed on Monday 27th December and Tuesday 28th December in lieu of Christmas Day and Boxing Day and Monday 3rd January 2022 in lieu of New Year’s Day.

Dr Mark Dziobon, a GP in Burnley and Medical Director at NHS East Lancashire and NHS Blackburn with Darwen Clinical Commissioning Groups, said:

“We are still facing challenges with the coronavirus pandemic and running out of medication is a real danger for those with long term health conditions as they could end up seriously ill and even in hospital, which is the last thing anyone wants over Christmas.

“I advise you all to check your medication is up to date and if necessary, contact your GP practice for a repeat prescription. I would also urge people to be prepared should you become ill over the winter period. Commonly required medications are:

  • 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 colds, flu, stomach upsets, aches and sprains. To find your local NHS service, go to and use the free service finder.

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