14 Dec 2018

With Christmas on the horizon there’s a lot to think about.

Health bosses are reminding St Helens residents that one thing you need to think about early, especially if you have a long-term condition, such as diabetes or heart disease or if you’re a carer, is ordering your prescriptions as soon as possible so that you don’t run out over the bank holiday period.

Some local pharmacies open reduced hours over the Christmas period, so it’s important to plan ahead, especially if you’re going away.

Your local pharmacy can offer you free, qualified health advice at any time, and no appointment is necessary. They can give you expert help on everyday illnesses and answer any questions about prescribed and over-the-counter medicines.

Dr Michael Ejuoneatse, local GP and Governing Body lead at St Helens CCG, said: “Ordering your essential medicines well before the Christmas break means that you have one less thing to think about. We don’t want anyone to run out of their medication over the holiday period and need to go to hospital when they could be enjoying time with family and friends.

“You can save yourself time, and help the NHS, by ordering your repeat prescriptions as early as possible. You may also want to consider ordering online. Please speak to your GP practice for more information about prescription ordering online.”

Making sure your medicine cabinet is well stocked with painkillers like paracetamol, anti-diarrhoea remedies, oral rehydration salts and plasters/bandages is also a good idea. For advice on what you should include visit: http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Pharmacy/Pages/Yourmedicinecabinet.aspx

If you do become unwell over the Christmas holidays, and you’re not sure what to do, call NHS 111 for health care advice that is fast, easy and free. You can also access NHS 111 online at www.111.nhs.uk