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Check that you have enough prescription medication to see you over the holiday

Luton and Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Groups are reminding people who regularly take prescription medicine to check they have enough medication to see them over the Christmas and New Year holiday.

Anyone with a long-term health condition should be aware that many local doctors’ surgeries and pharmacies will have different opening hours between Christmas and New Year. Therefore it’s important they order and collect their repeat prescriptions in plenty of time before the holidays.

Medical Director Dr Sarah Whiteman said:

“With so much to do to at this time of year it’s easy for people to overlook that their medication is getting low. This can be a particular problem for anyone going away for the holiday.

“So if your health depends on daily medication, ensuring you don’t run out should be at the top of your list of things to do in the run up to Christmas.”

Members of the public are also being advised to stock up their medicine cabinets before the holiday. Local pharmacies have a wide range of over-the-counter medicines for treating minor ailments such as colds, headaches, sore throats and upset stomachs. These conditions are not uncommon at this time of year and having the correct medication at home can provide fast relief from symptoms.

Lists of pharmacies open over the Christmas period and New Year bank holiday are now available. Details of the pharmacies open on these days in Bedfordshire can be found here.

For all urgent health matters over Christmas and the New Year call NHS 111 or visit www.111.nhs.uk.

Bedfordshire Pharmacy Opening Times Christmas New Year