Health experts are advising people not to leave it until the last minute to order and collect repeat prescriptions before the Easter break (25 to 28 March).
NHS Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are encouraging people to check their current medication before Easter, and to take stock to see if they have enough to last over the bank holiday weekend.
Most pharmacies and GP surgeries will be running reduced opening hours, but some will remain open on Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Monday.
Tony Shaw will be one of the few pharmacists who will be working throughout the holiday, at the East Laith Gate branch of Weldrick’s Pharmacy, which will be open from 10am to 8pm from Good Friday through to Easter Monday.
Tony said: “We want to ensure anyone with long-term health conditions, such as asthma, diabetes and heart disease, enjoys the extended break and don’t run out of their essential medicines. However, should you need us, there will be a small number of pharmacists available, like myself, to give advice and dispense those vital medicines throughout the Easter break.
“It only takes a few minutes to collect some over-the-counter remedies for seasonal ailments. If you take regular medications, please ensure you have enough left to cover the holiday period. Make looking after your health part of your Easter preparations and don’t leave it until the last minute!”
The CCG also wants to remind people what to do if their GP practice is closed. The Doncaster Same Day Health Centre will be open from 8am to 8pm throughout the holiday period and can be contacted on 0300 123 310. If you need to see a doctor late at night, the GP Out-of-Hours Service can be contacted by ringing your practice’s number and operates when your surgery is closed.
Dr Nick Tupper, CCG chairman, said: “The Easter holiday period can be a very busy time for the local NHS, so picking up a repeat prescription in advance, and knowing which services are available, could help to keep staff free to deal with life-threatening emergencies. Plan ahead of time and enjoy your break.”
A lot illnesses and symptoms can be treated in your home by making use of a well-stocked medicine cabinet and by getting plenty of rest. Keep essential medicines such as: aspirin, paracetamol, anti-diarrhoeal medicine, cough medicine, plasters, and antiseptic cream.
For a full list of pharmacies which will be open during the Easter break, check the CCG’s http://www.doncasterccg.nhs.uk website.