Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group
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Getting organised can help you this winter
01 December 2017

Being prepared can help you keep well this winter along with helping to reduce the demands local health services face.

Stock up your medicine cabinet, so that you have self-help medicines such as a first aid kit, paracetamol, pain killers and a thermometer, in case you need them and your local pharmacy is closed.

Your pharmacist will be able to advise you on what to keep in the house or visit the national NHS website.

If you’re planning a trip, ensure you don’t run out of your prescribed medicines while you’re away. Let your GP practice and pharmacist know in plenty of time before your departure, as they may be able to arrange for your prescription to be processed earlier than usual.

If you have difficulty ordering your medicines, speak to your pharmacist or GP practice to see how they can help you.

If you receive repeat prescriptions, please submit your request at least 48 hours before you are likely to run out. If you do run out while you’re away, speak to your usual GP practice at the earliest opportunity. 

Please do not call 111, 999 or attend your local Emergency Department if you run out as they will be unable to help.

You can find your local GP practice and pharmacy via www.nhs.uk.