A LEADING Derbyshire doctor has urged people who need medication during the August bank holiday weekend to plan ahead.
The chairman of the NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group, Dr Sheila Newport, said patients put themselves at risk of serious health problems and could end up in hospital if their prescriptions ran out.
Patients should make sure they have any medicines they need by calling into their GP surgery beforehand – with most practices needing at least 48 hours' notice.
Dr Newport said: "We want people to have fun and stay safe over the bank holiday and a little bit of forward planning will really help with that. 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.
"Pharmacies are the ideal place over the bank holiday weekend to get remedies and advice for coughs and colds or ailments, like bumps and grazes. These are things that don't really need a visit to the doctor or hospital."
She also urged people not to turn up to the A&E department unless it was a genuine emergency.