WITH the Easter bank holiday just around the corner, the NHS is asking people to consider if they have enough medicine to last the break.

The long weekend runs from next Friday (April 19) to Monday 22, and during this time, pharmacies and GP surgeries are likely to have reduced opening hours.

Islanders are being reminded to order repeat prescriptions this week to ensure they have their medication in time for the holidays.

Chair of the Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Dr Michele Legg said: "Every bank holiday, lots of frontline staff are put under extra pressure to try to chase up prescription orders for those who have forgotten, this is very difficult with many GP surgeries and pharmacies closed.

"It is always good to regularly check your medicine supply, but in preparation for the bank holiday, I would urge everyone simply to check their supplies and plan ahead. This can really help to ease the pressure on staff at such a busy time, as well as saving you lots of time and trouble."

If you find yourself in need of medical treatment or advice, pharmacies are a good first option for quick, helpful advice. Your pharmacist can recommend over the counter treatments or direct you to a more suitable clinical professional if necessary.

More information about the reduced opening hours are available online, as they may be subject to change.

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