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Be medicine ready for Xmas

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By Fiona Reid
Annan and Eskdale

A REMINDER has gone out to people to make sure they have their repeat prescriptions made up to cover them over the festive period.

NHS 24 is reminding anyone taking long-term medication to plan for the festive holidays as part of this year’s ‘Be Health-Wise This Winter’ campaign.
Having the right medicines is part of the campaign and NHS 24’s head of pharmacy, John McAnaw said: “Winter can be a time for lots of minor ailments so we should all have things like paracetamol, ibuprofen and rehydration salts to hand.
“However, it is really important that people who rely on repeat medicines check what they have, and make sure they have enough to cover the festive holidays.”
The Be Health-Wise This Winter campaign is supported by Community Pharmacy Scotland.
Chief executive Harry McQuillan said: “Our community pharmacists are there to support people with advice about their health and wellbeing and they can also give ideas about what to keep in the house at this time of year to help with seasonal illnesses.
“They can also help with emergency supplies of medicines or dressings, so it’s worth knowing where your local pharmacist is and what their opening hours are over the holidays.”


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