Stock up of medicines

WITH Christmas and the New Year fast approaching NHS Devon is reminding people to stock up on essential medication. This is particularly important given the cold weather and icy conditions when planning ahead for the holiday.

GP practices and most pharmacies will be closed from December 25-28 and January 1-3.

Many people call the Devon Doctors out-of-hours GP service to ask for prescriptions and medication and this is not what the service is for.

Steve Brown, NHS Devon’s assistant director of public health, said it was important that people avoid making unnecessary calls to emergency services, Devon Doctors and nurse-led minor injuries units (MIU) as they will be under pressure during this period.

“Although MIUs offer convenient access to treatment for minor illnesses and injuries, bumps and bruises, minor trips, coughs, colds, sore throats, upset stomachs and aches and pains can be treated with a well stocked medicine cabinet and plenty of rest,” he said.

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“It is advisable to make sure you have enough medication to cover the period when your GP practice is closed. This may mean asking for repeat prescriptions from your GP.

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