Plan ahead for Christmas and the New Year

With Christmas and New Year fast approaching GPs in Telford and Wrekin and Shropshire are reminding people to plan ahead by stocking up their medicine cabinets and ordering repeat prescriptions.

To ensure everyone stays well over the Christmas period it is important to make sure medicine cabinets contain all the essential items ahead of reduced opening times, bad weather or sickness.

Those who take regular medication should make sure they have ordered enough medication to last through the festive period or ask their GP practice for a new prescription.

Jacqui Seaton, Head of Medicines Management at Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group, added: “Make sure you have everything you need to deal with minor health problems or your long term conditions at home, so you can make the most of Christmas with family and friends.”

Tracy Savage, Head of Primary Care Support and Medicines Management at Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group says: “By being prepared for winter and stocking up on medicine cabinet essentials, a lot of people could treat minor illnesses at home, avoiding unnecessary trips to the doctor.  Unfortunately, every winter, colds, flu, stomach bugs and other ailments are all too common, which is why we are urging people to stock up on their medicine cabinet essentials.”

A new initiative called Patient Online means patients can now register with their GP practice to request repeat prescriptions online as well as book appointments and have access to some of their health records. 

Medicine cabinet essentials include:
•        painkillers such as paracetamol and ibuprofen, including version for children, to be used for minor aches, pains (e.g. headaches and menstrual pain) and flu symptoms
•        over-the-counter cough, cold, flu and indigestion remedies
•        oral rehydration sachets and anti-diarrhoea tablets for diarrhoea
•        antacid tablets or liquid for Indigestion, stomach ache, heartburn, trapped wind
•        plasters
•        bandages
•        antiseptic cream