People with long-term health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, lung and heart disease are being reminded by the local NHS not to leave it too late to get their repeat prescriptions.
It can be hard in the busy run-up to Christmas to find time to look after yourself. But a simple call to your GP surgery, or a visit to your highstreet pharmacy could make all the difference. Your pharmacy can also give you useful advice on how to deal with winter bugs, such as coughs, colds, sore throats and the flu.
Many GP practices will have limited opening hours between Christmas and New Year, which means some people may struggle if they run out of their medication.
The NHS wants to make sure that people with these illnesses have a good Christmas and New Year. The last thing anyone wants is for people to run out of their medication, become poorly and have to spend part of their holiday in hospital.
Your local community pharmacy can help you deal with minor illnesses and complaints such as coughs, colds, flu, stomach upsets, aches and sprains.
Even over the Christmas holidays there will be pharmacies open. Find locations and opening hours of pharmacies on bank holidays below (pdf).