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Remember to order prescription medication before the Christmas holidays

With Christmas fast approaching, health professionals are reminding patients to pick up their repeat prescriptions well before GP practices and pharmacies close for the holidays.

Each Christmas sees many patients calling the NHS 111 helpline because they have run out of medication, leading to unnecessary worry for themselves and increasing pressure on busy urgent care and out-of-hours NHS services.

Please check that you have enough of your prescription medication to get you through the holidays. Remember to give 48 hours notice to order your repeat medication.

If you are going away this Christmas

For people going away during the festivities, it is particularly important to make sure you have enough medication and to take it all with you.

It is also a good idea to take details of repeat medication with you, such as the re-order list that comes with each prescription.

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