Medication advice for Diamond Jubilee holiday

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URGENT supplies of repeat medication will be available direct from many community pharmacies in Lanarkshire over the four-day Diamond Jubilee holiday weekend.

GP practices will be closed from Saturday to Tuesday, June 2 to 5.

However, patients short of repeat medication can avoid a call to NHS 24 and a trip to the out of hours service by going straight to one of their local pharmacies if they run out.

George Lindsay, chief pharmacist - primary care, NHS Lanarkshire, said: “Many people don’t realise they can go to their community pharmacy direct if they need an urgent supply of their medication

“It is much faster than obtaining a repeat prescription through NHS 24 and the out of hours service – particularly as these services are likely to be very busy over the Diamond Jubilee four-day holiday weekend.

“All community pharmacies in Lanarkshire have a minor ailments service and your community pharmacist is also a good source of advice on many common complaints like hay fever, sore throats, stomach upsets, head lice and athletes foot.”

In Lanarkshire, 35 community pharmacies are opening on either one or both of the public holidays on June 4 and 5.

A full list of pharmacy opening times on these days can be found at www.nhslanarkshire.org.uk/Services/Pharmacy/Pages/Jubilee.aspx.