Patients who rely on repeat prescriptions are being urged act now and order them before the New Year holiday. Shropdoc - the GP out-of-hours service for Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin - was inundated with calls over the Christmas period leading to some people having to wait far longer than normal to speak to a doctor.
However a very large number of these calls were from people who wanted a repeat prescription – something they could have anticipated before the holiday, or alternatively had dealt with by a community pharmacy.
Dr Caron Morton of Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group said: GP surgeries and community pharmacies are open as normal today, tomorrow and on New Year's Eve. I really would urge people who rely on repeat prescriptions not to leave it until the Bank Holiday and then feel they have to make an unnecessary call to Shropdoc.
Many people do not realise that pharmacies can issue repeat prescriptions as long as you have the necessary slip.
Dr Morton said: “Pharmacies can issue medicines as long as you have your slip – it doesn’t even have to be the pharmacy you normally use. They do not require a GP’s signature to authorise every prescription. Even if a Shropdoc GP issues a repeat prescription you will still need to take it to a pharmacy.
Dr Morton has also urged people to use pharmacies to stock up on over-the-counter remedies from seasonal colds and flu.
She said: “Pharmacies can be a really underused resources. Many medications that control the symptoms of seasonal conditions are available over the counter at your pharmacy with pharmacist advice. You can normally stock-up when you do your shopping.”
The list of pharmacies open in Telford and Wrekin and Shropshire on New Year’s Day can be found below: