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The NHS in Birmingham wishes you a merry, and healthy, Christmas!

With Christmas just around the corner, people across Birmingham are being reminded to make sure staying well is on their list this year.

With many GP practices not open quite as often as usual between Christmas and New Year, people who take regular medication should make sure they order and collect their repeat prescriptions before Christmas Eve.

Patients can now also order repeat prescriptions online by signing up to Patient Online. Patient Online also offers the opportunity to book and cancel GP appointments online. Those wishing to find out more should ask for a registration form at their GP practice.

On behalf of the NHS organisations that are responsible making sure that the right health services are available for people across the city, Dr Masood Nazir, a GP in Hall Green said:

“Many people regularly take prescribed medication from their doctor, to help them keep their medical condition under control.  This could be for long-term conditions such as diabetes, asthma or heart problems.

“With GP practices closed for some extra days over the festive period, now is a good time to double-check that you have enough medicine to see you through and avoid any last minute panic, when you should be enjoying the festivities.

“If you need to order more, please do this in good time, so you are not worrying you will run out.  Taking your medication regularly is important in helping to make sure you stay well.”

Dr Nazir also added: “Your local pharmacist can also offer help and advice on a wide range of health issues, such as colds, coughs, aches and pains, emergency contraception and cystitis.  They can give advice about over-the-counter medicines, as well as dispensing prescriptions, where appropriate.  Pharmacies are often located a very short distance from most people’s homes.” 

For health information over the festive period please go to http://www.nhs.uk/staywell

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