Don’t run out of medicines this Christmas, warn local GPs

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Health chiefs in Derbyshire are advising patients not to leave it too late to order and collect repeat prescriptions this Christmas.

Running out of daily medication over the festive period could have serious consequences for patients, especially those who rely on them to control heart and breathing problems.

People are also being urged to use NHS services wisely over the festive period as many GP practices will have limited opening hours during the holidays and the majority of pharmacies will also be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Dr Ben Milton, Chair of NHS North Derbyshire CCG and GP said: “This is why we are advising patients to order and collect any essential repeat prescriptions at least a week in advance to avoid running out.”