North Tyneside CCG News

‘Keep calm’ and order your repeat prescriptions

Fri 20th December 2013

News

‘Keep calm and look after yourself’ by planning ahead and ordering any repeat prescriptions you may need over the festive period – that’s the message from the  North East’s NHS this winter.

As the NHS prepares for its busiest time of the year, people in the North East are being urged to help prepare themselves by ordering any repeat prescriptions that they need well in advance.

Dr John Matthews, spokesperson for NHS North Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: “Many calls to the region’s out of hours service are for emergency repeat prescriptions when people have run out. This is something that can easily be avoided with some forethought and planning.”

“If you or someone you care for requires medicines regularly, make sure you order and collect repeat prescriptions in good time to ensure you or your family have enough medicine to last over the festive period.”

The North East’s NHS has joined forces to launch the Keep Calm campaign.  You can find out more information by visiting the campaign website – www.keepcalmthiswinter.org.uk .  The website has information on common winter illnesses, what the symptoms are, how to treat them, how long they will last. It includes advice on what to keep in your winter medicines cabinet so you can be ready to treat illnesses as they start.

The campaign will be seen on regional TV adverts, buses, social media and printed materials in GP practices, pharmacies and other venues across the region.  It is targeting normally healthy people who suffer a winter ailment.

The campaign message of ‘Keep Calm and look after yourself’ runs across three threads including:

  • Keep Calm and ask a pharmacist
  • Keep Calm and call 111
  • Keep Calm and antibiotics aren’t always the answer

Don’t forget to follow the campaign on Twitter:

@keepcalmne

And use the hashtag #keepcalmne when you Tweet