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Remember to order your repeat prescriptions before Easter and busy period of industrial action

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People across Cheshire and Merseyside are being urged not to leave it too late to order repeat prescriptions ahead of the Easter bank holiday weekend - with subsequent days of industrial action likely to see significant pressure on the NHS.

The quickest way to make sure you get your repeat prescription in time for the Easter weekend is to download the NHS app, register and then order your repeat medication. You can download the NHS App via the App Store or on Google Play.

This year, the Easter Bank Holiday will be immediately followed by four days of industrial action by junior doctors, during which time the NHS is expecting significant disruption - and it is vital the public are aware of the pressure the health service will be under and the best way to access care during that time.

NHS Cheshire and Merseyside Medical Director, Prof Rowan Pritchard-Jones, said: “Anything you can do ahead of Easter to ensure you have enough prescription and over-the-counter medication will help to ensure services are available for those with the most urgent needs.

“Please ensure you have enough medication to last through the Easter period and beyond. If you are already registered and need medication before next week, please use the NHS app to order your repeat prescription.”

If you need medical advice over the Easter period and are unsure where to turn, you can use the NHS 111 Online service which will take you through a symptom checker and offer advice. Many high street pharmacies will also be open on the Saturday of the Easter weekend.

NHS 111 Online can tell you:

•    Where to get help for your symptoms
•    How to find general health information and advice
•    Where to get an emergency supply of your prescribed medicine
•    How to get a repeat prescription

More information about when to call 999 and when to go to A&E is available via the national NHS website.