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Make community pharmacy your go-to if you run out of your meds on holiday

Visitors to Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly are asked to check their medication supplies before travelling this summer and if they are caught short, remember that the pharmacy is their first port of call.
Richard Cottrell, 74 from Dorset, was travelling to Cornwall last week, when he realised his prescription medication would run out before the end of his holiday. He decided to call his pharmacy back home.

Richard said: “To me it was urgent, I couldn’t run out of my medication or I would really suffer. I spoke to my pharmacy in Dorset, where my prescription is normally delivered, and they were very helpful.

“They made sure my prescription could be picked up on the system at a pharmacy close to the holiday home where I we were staying. I collected a new stock the day before I ran out. I felt really annoyed with myself that I hadn’t calculated how much I would need while I was away and the worry impacted on the first few days of my stay. The pharmacy staff couldn’t have been more helpful, I was so relieved to get a new supply and went on to have a fabulous holiday.”

Claire Field NHS community pharmacist said: “Richard did absolutely the right thing to phone the pharmacist and not a surgery when he saw his medication running out. Pharmacies are here to support people whilst away from home and can give expert advice in treating minor health issues like coughs, colds, hay fever, red sticky eyes, water infections, stomach upsets, aches and pains. They can also prescribe you an emergency prescription of regular medication if you have run out or forget to pack it in your suitcase.

“Taking some time to prepare when packing is the best way to avoid wasting precious holiday time shopping or picking up emergency prescriptions. Along with medication supplies, be sure to stock up on the essentials in your suitcase and make sure they are at hand on days out. It’s difficult to remember everything when you’re excited and busy before you come away but packing items such as paracetamol, plasters, insect repellent and sun cream helps you to enjoy your holiday.”

If you do fall ill while on holiday, call your own GP even if you are in Cornwall on holiday you could get a phone or video consultation with your own doctor at home.

Visit or call 111 any time, day or night, if it’s an urgent, but not life-threatening condition such as a fractured bone, sprains, and burns, or when your GP surgery is closed, and you cannot wait until it re-opens.

Please only call 999 is a genuine, life-threatening emergency, such as heart attack, stroke, severe bleeding, serious head injuries. If you have called for an ambulance, please do not ring again asking for a time of arrival. Only call again if the patient’s condition worsens or you no longer need help.

Added on 21 July 2021, in News - Choose well

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