Plan ahead if you're going away this Bank Holiday

We all look forward to a long weekend over the Easter period. For many of us, it’s a time to catch up with family and friends, do a spot of DIY or even head to the coast. For those of us with a long-term condition, such as asthma, diabetes, COPD or cardiovascular disease, a little preparation goes a long way.
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Around fifteen-million people in England have a long-term condition which is managed with medication and other treatment. So, if you’re planning a trip it’s important to make sure you have everything you need.

Dr Sunil Hindocha, GP and Interim Medical Director for the ICB said

“It’s best to talk to your local pharmacist if you’re on medication for a long-term condition, such as asthma, diabetes or a heart condition to find out if you need a repeat prescription to take with you. You don’t want to run out while you’re away. If you haven’t already, talk to your GP practice about registering for their online services which allow you to request a repeat prescription from anywhere, so your GP can send a prescription to a pharmacy near to your holiday destination. In addition you can also make appointments online.

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“It’s also important to take care of yourself and by following a few simple precautions can help to keep you well this bank holiday.”

If you need medical advice over the bank holiday weekend visit your local pharmacy or visit NHS 111 online or call. NHS111 offers advice 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This service is really useful over bank holidays when pharmacies and GPs may be closed.

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