Luton Clinical Commissioning Group

NHS Luton Clinical Commissioning Group


Make sure you don’t run out of medicines this holiday season

15 December 2017

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Christmas can be such a busy time that everyday tasks suchas ordering medication get forgotten, so GPs in Bedfordshire and Luton arereminding people who have repeat prescriptions to order their medication wellin advance to avoid running out during the festive holiday season.

Dr Nina Pearson, Clinical Chair of Luton ClinicalCommissioning Group (LCCG) and a local GP said:

“Don’t get caught out this Christmas - check yourmedication, and make sure there is enough to see you through the holidays.Surgeries will only be closed for a couple of days but this will avoid lastminute panic and help to prevent long term health conditions from getting worsedue to medication running out.

By avoiding running out of your medicine you not only lookafter your own health, but you will also be helping the NHS. People withlong-term health conditions can become so unwell that they end up in hospitaljust because they ran out of medication – something which everyone wants toavoid.

Please also look out for older or frail neighbours or familymembers, and ask if they need help with getting their medicines – it’s betterif they can avoid going out to collect medication in wintry weather, especiallyif there is ice or snow.”

It’s also a good idea to stock up your medicine cabinet soyou have remedies to hand before the holidays start, and your local pharmacistcan advise you.

Did you know that you can order repeat prescriptions viayour GP’s website? It is much quicker and more convenient than telephoning abusy surgery or going there in person, and can also be used to make and cancelappointments and view your own medical records. If you are not alreadyregistered, you can find out more or ask for a registration form from your GPpractice.

A list of local pharmacy opening times for Christmas and NewYear holidays can be found by clicking here.

There are lots of things that you can do to help yourselfand your family to stay well this winter: find out from


For more information contact Huma Baig, LCCG Press Officer,on or on 01582 532095

Notes to editors

Notes to editors

· Luton Clinical Commissioning Group is responsible for planning, organising and buying NHS-funded healthcare for the 240,000 people who live in Luton. This includes hospital, community health and mental health services.

· LCCG is run by GPs, nurses, hospital doctors and other clinicians – the people you see whenever you come into contact with the NHS. 28 GP practices in Luton are members of the CCG.

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