If you need prescription medicines, then stock up

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WHILE last-minute shopping and wrapping will be top of most people’s to-do lists today and tomorrow, the region’s NHS is urging people to also stock up on over-the-counter remedies and order any repeat prescriptions.

The NHS across Sussex, Surrey and Kent is reminding people to prepare for the festive break by ensuring their medicine cabinets contain in-date medication.

Anyone with ongoing health needs should contact their GP surgery to order any required repeat prescriptions.

NHS South of England is also asking people to select the most appropriate service if they need to use the NHS and to familiarise themselves with their local pharmacy’s opening hours, where a wide range of medical advice is available from highly-trained pharmacists.

Minor injuries units are available for treatment of injuries that need medical attention but are not life-threatening.

By choosing a minor injuries unit where appropriate, an unnecessary trip to a hospital accident and emergency department can be avoided.

Dr Yvonne Doyle, regional director of Public Health East for NHS South of England, said, “In this final week before Christmas we know people are very busy but it’s really important everyone makes sure they and people they care for are also well prepared when it comes to their health at this time of year.

“People can call NHS Direct at any time of the day for advice.

“On their own, most winter illnesses can be effectively treated with self care at home along with plenty of rest.”

l For any health questions, around the clock, and to find your local NHS services call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47 or visit www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk