Anyone who relies on regular prescribed medication is being urged to ensure they have enough to see them through the upcoming Easter Bank Holiday weekend (Friday March 29 to Monday April 1).

GP practices will be closed over the bank holiday weekend and only some pharmacies will be open, meaning people may not be able to pick up a prescription at short notice.

Making last-minute requests can cause real stress for the individual, whilst also adding pressure to GP practices, pharmacies, and other NHS services.  

Sati Ubhi, chief pharmacist at NHS Cambridgeshire & Peterborough ICB, said: “Running out of prescribed medication can be very stressful over a bank holiday weekend and can also cause additional work for pharmacies and NHS 111 which are already under pressure, especially during a bank holiday weekend.

"It can be easily avoided by planning ahead; check now to see if you have enough medication and put your order in if needed.

"Ordering, dispensing and collecting prescriptions can take several days so it’s best to order in plenty of time before the Easter weekend.”

Ordering repeat prescriptions is easier than ever. Most repeat medication requests can be made through the NHS App, online or via your local GP practice website.

People who do not use the internet can speak to their GP practice to obtain their repeat prescription. 

You can download the NHS App on Google Play or on the App Store and find your local pharmacy online on it too.