With all the things to do in the run-up to Christmas it could be easy to forget one of the most important things of all – your repeat prescription.

Patients suffering from long-term health conditions such as asthema, diabetes, heart disease and lung disease are being reminded not to leave it too late to fill their repeat prescriptions. 

Over Christmas and New Year many GP practices and pharmacies will be closed, so it is very important that patients ensure that they have enough of their required medication to see them through this period.

Dr Neil Hartley-Smith, Clinical Director of Fylde Coast CCGs, said: “It is important that patients with long-term conditions have enough of their prescribed medication to see them through to the New Year.

“The festive period can be a stressful time and by getting your prescription in good time it is just one less thing to worry about. Then you can enjoy the holiday period safe in the knowledge that you have enough medication to manage your condition.”

The easiest way to order a repeat prescription is by going online. Patient Access can be used by everyone on the Fylde coast to request their medication from the comfort of their home, by using a computer or with a mobile phone or tablet. Patient Access can also be used to book an appointment with a GP and to view medical records. For more information and to register, visit www.patient-access.co.uk

Now is also a good time to double check that home medicine cabinets are well stocked with over-the-counter remedies so that minor illnesses and injuries can be managed at home during the festive period.

If you do need medical advice for a minor ailment during the festive period, pharmacies can provide free, expert advice without the need for an appointment.

For more information on services available over winter go to www.fyldecoastccgs.nhs.uk/winter