Welwyn GP urges patients to plan ahead over festive period

PUBLISHED: 09:32 14 December 2017 | UPDATED: 09:38 14 December 2017

Dr Hari Pathmanathan, chairman of the East and North Hertfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group.

Dr Hari Pathmanathan, chairman of the East and North Hertfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group.

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A Welwyn GP is warning people who rely on prescribed medicines to plan ahead over the festive period.

GPs are urging patients to make sure they have enough medicine for Christmas and New Year. Pictured is the poster for the NHS Be Prepared campaign. GPs are urging patients to make sure they have enough medicine for Christmas and New Year. Pictured is the poster for the NHS Be Prepared campaign.

A spokesman for the NHS East and North Hertfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group said: “If you or a family member rely on essential medication to stay well, don’t put your health at risk, think ahead and get your request for important repeat medication into your GP or pharmacy in good time.

“Christmas is coming and GP practices in East and North Hertfordshire will be closed at the weekends and on bank holidays.”

GP practices will close at 6.30pm on Friday, December 22, and will re-open on Wednesday, December 27, at 8am.

The spokesman said: “During this time it will be very difficult to obtain repeat prescriptions or find out about test results – so it makes sense to plan ahead.

“Remember that most GP surgeries and pharmacies require at least 48 hours’ notice to prepare a repeat prescription.”

Dr Hari Pathmanathan, Welwyn GP and chairman of East and North Hertfordshire CCG, said: “Some patients get caught out over bank holidays, or before they go on holiday, realising at the last minute that they don’t have enough medication.

“Get in touch with your GP surgery now if your prescription is due to run out soon.

“If you have relatives coming to stay with you over the festive period, please remind them to bring their medicines with them and help to avoid a medical emergency.”

Don’t forget, the telephone service NHS 111 is there for you 24 hours a day, 365 days a year if you urgently need health advice and your normal GP surgery is closed.

Calls are free and NHS 111 advisers and clinicians will help you to find the best service for your needs, whether that’s an out-of-hours GP appointment, emergency dentist or even a referral to A&E.

Led by local GPs, East and North Hertfordshire CCG plans, designs and buys health services for more than half a million people living in the area and monitors their quality and effectiveness.

East and North Hertfordshire CCG is working to extend the hours during which people will be able to attend routine appointments with GP practice staff, with longer opening hours starting in Welwyn and Hatfield in spring 2018.

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