Make sure you’re ready for the Easter weekend11/04/2019

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The Easter bank holiday is just around the corner and people are being urged to consider if they have enough medicine to last.

The long weekend runs from Friday 19 April to Monday 22 April and during this time, pharmacies and GP surgeries are likely to have reduced opening hours. People are reminded to order repeat prescriptions this week to ensure they have their medication in time for the holidays.

Dr Nicola Decker, Clinical Chair for the North Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Every bank holiday, lots of frontline staff are put under extra pressure to try to chase up prescription orders for those who have forgotten.

“With a lot going on it’s easy to forget these things, but in preparation for the bank holiday, I would urge everyone simply to double check and plan ahead. This can really help to ease the pressure on our teams at such a busy weekend, as well as saving you lots of time and trouble”.

If you find yourself in need of medical treatment or advice, pharmacies do much more than simply issue repeat prescriptions. It is a great first option for quick, helpful advice. Your pharmacist can recommend over the counter treatments or direct you to a more suitable clinical professional if necessary.

Pharmacy opening hours are likely to be reduced during the bank holiday weekend, so please ensure you check the times before you travel. The table above shows the key locations for North Hampshire, but you can also check the NHS Choices website.