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A message from your local NHS: Make sure you are prepared for Christmas and New Year!

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With Christmas and New Year fast approaching GPs in Solihull are reminding people to plan ahead by stocking up their medicine cabinets and ordering repeat prescriptions.

To ensure everyone stays well over the Christmas period it is important to make sure medicine cabinets contain all the essential items ahead of reduced opening times, bad weather or sickness.

Those who take regular medication should make sure they have ordered enough medication to last through the festive period or ask their GP practice for a new prescription.

Dr Mike Baker, a Governing Body member of Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group and a GP at Meadowside Family Health Centre said:

“No one wants to interrupt their festive period to drive off in search of medication, or the out-of-hours service because they have run out of their prescription.

“Make sure you have everything you need to deal with minor health problems or your long term conditions at home, so you can make the most of Christmas with family and friends.”

A new initiative called Patient Online means patients can now register with their GP practice to request repeat prescriptions online as well as book appointments and have access to some of their health records.

The medicine cabinet essentials include:

  • painkillers such as paracetamol and ibuprofen, including version for children
  • over-the-counter cough, cold, flu and indigestion remedies
  • plasters
  • bandages
  • antiseptic cream
  • thermometer

For health information over the festive period please go to www.nhs.uk/staywell