Be prepared for Christmas and order your repeat prescriptions now

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As Christmas approaches, there are lots of things to think about and medication needs can often get forgotten, however NHS Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (MECCG) is reminding patients to be prepared and ensure they have sufficient supplies of their usual medicines to see them through the festive period.

Many GP practices and community pharmacies will have limited opening hours between Christmas and New Year, and are likely to be busier than usual on the days they are open, so we are advising those with long-term conditions to order and collect their repeat prescriptions in plenty of time. Unless advised otherwise we would suggest allowing at least 4 working days to process your repeat prescriptions over this busy period.

Repeat prescriptions can be ordered online by using GP Online Services, a simple website that can also be used to make and cancel appointments and view medical records. If you are not already registered, you can find out more or ask for a registration form from your GP Practice. If you take two forms of photo ID in to the surgery they can sign you up there and then.

Paula Wilkinson, Chief Pharmacist at Mid Essex CCG said: “Every year people call out-of-hours emergency services or attend Accident and Emergency (A&E) because they have run out of their usual medicines. By being organised and ordering our repeat medicines in good time, and remembering to take enough of our medicines with us if we are going away for Christmas and the New Year, we can all support our urgent care services this winter to prioritise those people with the greatest clinical need and reduce delays in our A&E”.

For more information on what you can do to stay well this winter please click here.