DOCTORS have urged patients on repeat prescriptions to order them in good time for the next bank holiday weekend.
The plea comes after the GP Out-Of-Hours (OOH) Service for the Portsmouth area received 145 requests for repeat prescriptions alone last Saturday, on the second day of the Easter bank holiday.
Health officials have said that while GP cover is provided by the out-of-hours service – reached by calling NHS 111 – it should not be used by patients to order repeat prescriptions
Dr Jim Hogan is the chief clinical officer for NHS Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group.
He said: ‘OOH is there to help people who really need support in the hours when their own practice is closed – as opposed to patients who could have received their medicine in good time if they planned ahead and put in their repeat prescriptions in a timely way.
‘We obviously don’t want anyone left without essential medicine for several days, but we would ask patients to think ahead.’