With just over a week to go until Christmas, 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 across the Fylde coast will have limited opening hours between Christmas and New Year, which means some people may struggle if they run out of their medication.

Dr Amanda Doyle, Chief Clinical Officer of NHS Blackpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “There are many people in Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre ­who have long-term health conditions such as asthma and diabetes. We want to ensure that these patients are able to enjoy the Christmas and New Year holiday period.

“Patients need to make sure they have enough medication to see them through the holidays. If necessary they should contact their GP today and ask for a repeat prescription.”

You are urged to be prepared should you become ill over the winter period. Every home should have a basic medicine cabinet stocked with:

  • Paracetamol
  • Ibuprofen
  • Cough medicine
  • An antacid for indigestion
  • Throat lozenges
  • Plasters/bandages for any cuts or scrapes

Dr Tony Naughton, Clinical Chief Officer of NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical CCG, said: “We want everybody to enjoy the festive season, and requesting a repeat prescription now will help to reduce any potential health problems arising from a lack of medication.

“A well-stocked medicine cabinet becomes even more important over the winter period for everyone though. It is this reserve stock of medicine that can be essential over the Christmas holidays when GP practices operate limited hours.”