COLUMN: Don’t get caught out - order you medicines

Andrew Morgan

Andrew Morgan

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The days are lighter and longer and the BBQs are being dusted off which can only mean the next round of Bank Holidays is approaching. I urge you to order your repeat prescriptions as early as you can to ensure you are covered for the Bank Holiday. Your GP surgery will be closed and not all pharmacies will be fully open either, so it’s important you pick up repeat prescriptions in advance. Most practices need at least 48 hours to process a repeat prescription request.

On the same point, if you are planning on getting away over the period make sure you are stocked up on what you’ll need for the entire time you’ll be away. It’s easy to forget tasks during the rush, don’t let this be one of them.

If you do fall ill over the Bank Holiday you don’t have to rush to A&E. For those on the East Coast don’t forget the urgent care centres at Skegness Hospital on Dorothy Avenue and County Hospital, Louth. These services are open 24 hours a day, providing urgent assessment, diagnosis and treatment, provided by teams of emergency nurse practitioners and an associate specialist doctor during the day, and a GP at night at Louth. If the service can’t treat you safely you may be referred or transferred elsewhere.

Across Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust we will be supporting Dying Matters Awareness Week which runs next week from May 9-15. It is an unparalleled opportunity to place the importance of talking about dying, death and bereavement firmly on the national agenda. This year is all about the ‘Big Conversation’. Our palliative care staff often say to me even just having a chat with family, friends or colleagues about the importance of preparing for death can change perceptions for people.

Andrew Morgan is the chief executive of Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust