With the Christmas break fast approaching leading local doctors are urging people to take time to ensure they are well stocked-up for the holidays.

People need to be sure they have enough prescription medicines, over-the-counter treatments, basic First Aid equipment and even food and drink to last.

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Burton-based GP Dr Charles Pidsley, Chair of East Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: “Some people always get caught-out over the Festive season because they are just too busy with other holiday preparations. It is important you check you have enough of your prescription medicines to last, and if you need a repeat prescription you should ask for it at your GP surgery in plenty of time.

“It’s also a good time to make sure your medicine cabinet is also well-stocked up to cope with seasonal ailments like winter flu.”

Items to have on your Christmas Holiday checklist include painkillers, cold and flu remedies, anti-diarrhoea medicine, oral rehydration salts, indigestion remedies, plasters and bandages.

It is also a good idea to check any medicines already in your cabinet are still okay to use. If any medicines are past their use-by date, don’t take them. Please take them to your local pharmacist who will dispose of them safely.

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