Prescription warning issued
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.