Pre­scrip­tion warn­ing is­sued

East Kilbride News - - CORONAVIRU­S FIGHTINH BACK -

NHS La­nark­shire are ask­ing for the pub­lic to help ease the pres­sure on life­line ser­vices by not re­quest­ing re­peat pre­scrip­tions be­fore due.

GP prac­tices and com­mu­nity phar­ma­cies are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease in de­mand for their ser­vices amidst the coro­n­avirus out­break.

And that in­cludes re­quests for re­peat pre­scrip­tions be­fore they are due.

Ge­orge Lind­say, chief phar­ma­cist pri­mary care, said: “We un­der­stand pa­tients are wor­ried they may not be able to pick up their pre­scrip­tion if self-iso­lat­ing.

“How­ever, there are al­ter­na­tive meth­ods of col­lec­tion and de­liv­ery of pre­scrip­tions, which in­clude ask­ing your friends and fam­ily to help out.

“Re­quest­ing re­peat pre­scrip­tions be­fore they are due is an un­nec­es­sary added pres­sure that is hav­ing an ad­verse ef­fect on the re­li­a­bil­ity of the ser­vice.

“And this presents a fur­ther in­fec­tion risk for ev­ery­one.

“Phar­ma­cists are hav­ing to close their doors to man­age th­ese risks which is com­pletely un­prece­dented, but an en­tirely nec­es­sary health and safety re­sponse.

“We’ve had cases of older peo­ple wait­ing out­side phar­ma­cies in long queues and there is no need for this if nor­mal pre­scrip­tion or­der­ing pat­terns can be re­stored.

“To­gether we must all only use ser­vices for their core pur­pose and when they are gen­uinely re­quired.

“Phar­ma­cies are also im­ple­ment­ing so­cial dis­tanc­ing mea­sures. We are ap­peal­ing to the pub­lic for their pa­tience and un­der­stand­ing dur­ing this time and to ad­here to the mea­sures put in place.”

Pa­tients who are self-iso­lat­ing should NOT visit their GP prac­tice or com­mu­nity phar­macy.

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