Pharmacies are the first port of call for many with health concerns. Today they are dispensing some advice to ensure people continue to get the help they need as cases of COVID19 rise across the Black Country and West Birmingham. It is not just supermarkets that have been feeling the effects of people trying to stock up. We are seeing an increase in people not only purchasing over the counter medicines such as paracetamol, but also in people changing the way that they get their routine prescriptions.
Across the Black Country and West Birmingham we have hundreds of pharmacies, who are well prepared to help people to get their routine prescriptions and continue to be there for advice, guidance and over the counter medicines.
However, they are urging people to follow these 4 steps and help them to help you during these unprecedented times:
- The right time- it is important that people order prescriptions at the right time, so as not to overload the system. Don’t order your prescriptions too early, don’t leave it too late. The best advice is to order when you have around 1 weeks supply left.
- The right amount- it is important that you don’t order more than you need. There is no need to increase the amount of medication you would usually get on prescription.
- The right things- it is important that you don’t order differently, you do not need to add items to your prescription that you have not been taking regularly or recently.
- The right place- it is important that people order in the right place, do not go to your GP practice. Place your order over the telephone or online.
If everyone follows this simply advice it will ease the pressure on the pharmacy system and ensure that everyone can get the medicines they need, when they need it.
Dr Tim Horsbourgh, Local Medical Committee Secretary and Local GP:
‘We are asking that our patients allow time for prescriptions to be processed by local practices. Please order when you have around a week left and where possible please use the online ordering services as the phone lines in practices can be busier than normal at the moment.’
Stephen Noble, Local Pharmacy Committee Representative and Local Pharmacist:
‘Our local pharmacies are well prepared to respond during this increase in COVID19 but we need you to help us to help you. Please carry on as normal in terms of ordering the right medicines, in the right amount and at the right time. If everyone follows this simple advice it will ease the pressure on the pharmacy system and ensure that everyone can get the medicines they need, when they need it.’