RESIDENTS in York and around the region have been urged to collect their prescription medicine well in advance of the Christmas and new year holidays.

GP surgeries and most pharmacies will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, and anyone on repeat prescription medication is advised to order and collect their prescriptions at least a week before the holidays.

The NHS also urged people to stock up on other useful medicine for the Christmas period, including paracetamol and ibuprofen, decongestants, cough medicines, antihistamines, heartburn and indigestion medicine, anti-diarrhoea medicine, antiseptic cream or wipes and plasters.

Dr Nigel Wells, NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group Clinical Chair and a local GP, said: “The lead-up to Christmas can be a busy time for the public and health services alike, so those on repeat prescriptions are advised to order them at least a week in advance so that they can enjoy the festive season in good health. Having a well-stocked medicine cabinet full of over-the-counter remedies from your local pharmacy is also recommended so you can treat any common illnesses or ailments at home."

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