Be Ready for Winter

With Christmas less than two weeks away, people in Grampian are being urged to plan ahead for repeat prescriptions as part of a major health campaign.

The NHSScotland Be Ready for Winter campaign is reminding people to make sure they check any repeat prescriptions they need for themselves and those they look after ahead of time this festive period.

As well as making sure their medicine cabinets are re-stocked with commonly used remedies for minor illnesses, people are being urged to organise any required repeat prescription as soon as possible.

John McAnaw, Head of Pharmacy at NHS 24, said it is important for people taking regular medication to make sure they have enough supplies to last them through to the New Year. He said: “At this time of year, with only a couple of weeks left until Christmas, people will be focused on getting organised to make sure they can make the most of the holiday period. It is important not to forget about putting winter health necessities on your ‘to do’ list.

“It also only takes a few minutes to collect some over-the-counter remedies for winter ailments. If you take regular medications, please ensure you check you have enough left to cover the holiday period. It’s also important not to waste medicines, so only order what you need, and make sure you don’t run out of anything during that time.”

This year, GP surgeries will be closed for two days: Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th December.

It is important to get prescriptions ordered and collected as early as possible, with the last day for re-ordering any repeat prescription being Wednesday 19th December to be sure of getting it before Christmas.