RESIDENTS who take regular medicine are being reminded to think ahead and plan their medication over the April bank holidays.
With two of these weekends taking place back to back from April 22, with four holiday days because of the Royal Wedding on April 29, NHS North of Tyne is urging people who need repeat prescriptions to organise them in the coming days so they are fully covered.
The call comes after Northern Doctors Urgent Care received many more calls than usual on the Bank Holiday Monday after Christmas, which included patients needing repeat prescriptions.
And A&E departments reported patients turning up to ask for more medication as they had run out.
Medical Director for NHS North of Tyne Mike Guy said: “Out of hours doctors were inundated with calls on that day and many of those were people asking for repeat prescriptions, which could have been organised before the bank holiday.
“Dealing with such calls means that the service is distracted on concentrating on people who have been unwell.
“The message is Choose Well, Think Ahead and help your NHS this Easter.”
NHS North of Tyne is continuing to promote its Choose Well campaign, which uses a colour coded thermometer to help people link their symptoms with a particular NHS service to suit their need.