North Tyneside CCG News

Order your repeat prescription for the Jubliee bank holiday

Tue 24th May 2022

Order your repeat prescription in time and help avoid additional pressures on NHS services this Bank Holiday

GPs and pharmacists are urging people to plan ahead for the Jubilee Bank holiday by ordering their repeat prescriptions well in advance to avoid additional pressure on NHS services.

People living across the North Tyneside are being reminded to #DoYourBit over the forthcoming Jubilee bank holiday weekend by organising any repeat medication in plenty of time.

Dr Alexandra Kent medical director for the NHS North Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group said: “During the May bank holiday weekend 1,548 people contacted NHS111 from across the North East for help after forgetting to order their repeat prescription.

“Taking daily medication is a vitally important part of treatment for those with long-term health problems and people can become seriously ill, quite quickly, if they run out.

“The best way to avoid this is to ensure that anyone who needs regular medication plans ahead and ensures they have everything they need before the holiday weekend begins.

“Remember NHS111 is available 24 hours a day, seven days week, to offer help and advice on a whole range of medical problems when your GP surgery is closed. Arranging your repeat prescription before you run out will help to avoid any additional pressure on this vital service, especially over the busy bank holiday weekend

GP practices will be closed from Thursday June 2 until Monday June 6.

It can take up to 48 hours for most surgeries to process a repeat prescription.

Patients are advised to use the NHS App, visit their local pharmacy or GP surgery online ordering system to arrange repeat medication.

Dr Kent added: “If you do forget to order your prescriptions and need emergency medication over the bank holiday weekend – don’t panic help is available.

“You can go to any extended hours community pharmacy and they will help you if your medication is in stock.

“The online NHS pharmacy service search will show which pharmacies are available and you can find details of North Tyneside pharmacy opening hours over the bank holiday weekend here.

“Making sure you have the right medication could make all the difference, so please don’t get caught out and order your repeat prescriptions in time.”