ASHBOURNE patients are being given a timely reminder to make sure they have sufficient medicine to last over Christmas.
NHS clinical commissioning group spokesman Dr Sheila Newport is urging patients to ensure they renew any regular prescriptions and collect medication prior to the holiday period, as the majority of pharmacies and GP practices will be closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day.
Dr Newport said: “Running out of daily medication over the festive period could have serious consequences for patients who rely on them to control heart and breathing problems.
“For many Christmas is a special time when they enjoy being with friends and family so the last thing we want for our patients is having that time spoilt by not being able to take regular medication.
“For those with long-term health problems taking daily medication is an important part of their treatment, and many are at risk of suffering serious attacks or hospitalisation if medical supplies run out.
“At this busy time of year people may run short of medicines without realising that their GP surgery or pharmacy will not be open over the festive period, so we’re appealing to people to check now that they have enough medication to see them through the break.
“If they don’t, they should call into their pharmacist or local GP surgery in good time.
If you become unwell over Christmas GP out-of-hours services can be accessed by calling the non emergency 111 number.