Keep your medicine cabinet stocked up for winter
25 November 2014

With winter just around the corner here and the fast approaching bank holidays over Christmas and New Year, NHS Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), as part of its Right Treatment Right Place campaign, is reminding people to keep their medicine cabinet stocked up and to order repeat prescriptions in plenty of time.

To ensure you stay well over the winter period it’s important to take the time now to make sure you have everything you need and not be left “out in the cold” by running out and being unable to get further supplies due to reduced opening times, bad weather or sickness.

If you take regular medication make sure you have ordered enough tablets to last you through the festive period or ask your GP practice for a new prescription. Many GP practices now offer an online repeat prescription service and some practices also offer you online access to your own medical records. Speak to your practice to see if they offer these services. Many GP practices have links with pharmacies offering a repeat prescription service, meaning medication can be delivered or collected at your convenience.

It is also a good idea to check you have your medicine cabinet essentials now, including:

• painkillers such as aspirin, prarcetamol and ibuprofen

• over-the-counter cough, cold, flu and indigestion remedies

• plasters

• bandages

• antiseptic

• thermometer

 

“You don’t want to interrupt Christmas dinner driving off to find medication or plasters”

Dr Richard Bircher, local GP and the CCG’s lead for Urgent Care said:

“No one wants to interrupt present-opening or Christmas dinner to drive off in search of medication or plasters. Make sure you have everything you need now to deal with minor health problems or your long term conditions at home, so you can make the most of your holiday time with family and friends.”

For more information on ordering prescriptions and what to keep you in your medicine box go to your GP practice website, the CCG’s website www.Tamesideandglossopccg.org or www.nhs.uk

You can also join in the conversation on Twitter using the hashtags

#rightplace and #earlyadvice

and following @TGCCG

ENDS

Notes to Editors

1. The ‘Right Treatment Right Place’ campaign aims to raise awareness of the service options available should someone become unwell and then help people select the most appropriate NHS service for their specific need. The campaign’s key messages are that many health problems can be treated at home with self care, that patients should visit their pharmacist, GP or walk-in service before visiting A&E and to drive home the point that A&E is for serious or life threatening conditions only. The ‘Right Treatment, Right Place’ campaign, part of the Choose Well initiative, uses a simple traffic light system with icons to provide guidance on self care, professional health services and A&E services. The campaign is using the hashtag #rightplace

2. Tameside and Glossop CCG commissions health services for a population of approx. 240,300

3. The CCG Membership is led by local GPs from member practices across five geographical localities; Ashton, Denton, Glossop, Hyde and Stalybridge 4. The CCG’s headquarters are located at New Century House, Progress Way, Windmill Lane, Denton, Manchester, M34 2GP

For further information please contact:

Adam Shepphard Head of Communications, Tameside and Glossop CCG

T: 0161 304 5849 M: 07500 977 330 E: adamshepphard@nhs.net W: www.tamesideandglossopccg.org

@TGCCG facebook.com/TGCCG