Pharmacy access over the August bank holiday

Patients are being advised to check their stock of repeat medication ahead of the August bank holiday weekend, when most GP practices will be closed.

Local NHS services commonly experience great pressure over bank holiday weekends, with the NHS 111 telephone service receiving high volumes of calls from patients who have run out of their medication.

NHS Scarborough and Ryedale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is urging patients to check their prescription medication to ensure they have enough to see them through the bank holiday.

Dr Greg Black, Governing Body GP and pharmacy lead for NHS Scarborough and Ryedale CCG, said: “It is crucial that patients have enough repeat prescriptions to see them through periods when their GP practice is closed, usually over the bank holiday.

“By keeping stock of their medication patients will also be helping the NHS by freeing up urgent care services for people with more severe health problems.”

Patients should also remember that their usual pharmacy may be closed over the bank holiday weekend, though other local pharmacies may be open.

If urgent healthcare is needed patients are advised to dial 111; there may be availability for an appointment at one of the urgent treatment centres in Scarborough or Malton if appropriate.

If it’s an illness or injury that is serious or life threatening, patients should always call 999 for an ambulance or go to the nearest emergency department.

You can find further information on opening times here.

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