With Christmas fast approaching, people with long-term health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, lung and heart disease are being reminded not to leave it too late to get their repeat prescriptions.
Many GP practices will have limited opening hours between Christmas and New Year, which means members of the public may struggle if they run out of their medication.
Dr Simon Frampton, local GP and board member of NHS West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “There are thousands of people living with a long-term health condition in West Lancashire. We want to make sure that people with these illnesses have a good Christmas and New Year. The last thing we want is for people to run out of their medication, become poorly and have to spend part of their holiday in hospital.
“It can be hard in the busy run up to Christmas to find time to look after yourself. But a simple call to your GP surgery or a visit to your high street pharmacy could make all the difference. Your pharmacy can also give you useful advice on how to deal with winter bugs, such as coughs, colds, sore throats and the flu.”
The local NHS in West Lancashire is backing the Examine your Options campaign. Examine your Options reinforces the message that A&E and 999 services are for life-threatening and serious conditions.
To find your local NHS services, go to www.nhs.uk to use the free service finder.