‘A&E is not to be used for getting medicine’

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DOCTORS are urging people to get themselves organised with repeat prescriptions to avoid clogging up the out-of-hours GP service and A&E.

Heading into Christmas and New Year, the advice has come from clinical commissioning groups, which are led by doctors and pay for health services.

Dr David Chilvers, head of the Fareham and Gosport CCG, said: ‘The Christmas period is tremendously busy, and so the last thing anyone wants is to go through the stress and difficulty of having to rush around to get their essential medicine when a lot of NHS services are not open.

‘Please just take a minute to check whether you need to re-order your repeat medication, and while you’re at it make sure you have stocks of over-the-counter remedies as well so that you can easily take care of yourself if you suffer a minor illness or injury during the holidays.

‘Remember A&E is for serious accidents and illnesses only, such as severe bleeding, chest pain or loss of consciousness.

‘It’s not there for mild illnesses, or to give out medicines to people who have forgotten to order them.’

The 111 number is also available.