Wiltshire GPs: Please don't 'over-order' medicines during Covid-19

Wiltshire GPs: Please don't 'over-order' medicines during Covid-19

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 7:00pm 25th March 2020.

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The Clinical Commissioning Group says there's 'no need' to stockpile repeat prescriptions.

GP practices and pharmacies across Wiltshire are reporting an increase in requests for medicines in recent weeks, as people become concerned about stocks getting low.

But health bosses are reassuring us that the 'supply chain remains resilient' and there's 'enough to go around'.

Prescription Form
We're asked to only order the medicines we need during the coronavirus outbreak

Dr Ruth Grabham, Medical Director for the soon-to-be merged Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: 

"In the same way that supermarkets have asked shoppers to be sensible with their groceries, we are asking our patients to do the same with their prescriptions.

"We understand this is an anxious time, and that many in the community want the reassurance of a continuously well-stocked medicine cabinet, but there is no need to fear that our supply of medicines will suddenly run out.

"In fact, the process of producing and delivering medicine is incredibly resilient and, just as we saw in the months leading up to the UK's departure from the European Union, there is enough to go around, so long as people continue to ask for what they would normally.

"Getting on top of the coronavirus outbreak is not a task that only our doctors and nurses can achieve, but one that calls for the cooperation, understanding and patience of the entire community, and being sensible when ordering prescriptions is one very simple way of supporting the national effort."

Repeat Prescriptions
Repeat prescription orders have been increasing in recent weeks, but we're told there's no need to stockpile

WHAT ELSE CAN WE DO?

We're being asked to help prevent the spread of coronavirus in a few other ways: 

  • Please try not to queue outside pharmacies before opening, especially if social distancing advice isn't being observed
  • Please avoid lots of calls to prescription ordering services, use online services where possible
  • Only buy what you need of over-the-counter items like paracetamol - supplies are constantly being restocked
Boots Salisbury Social Distancing March 2020
Queues outside Boots in Salisbury this week - with social distancing followed properly

The advice from Wiltshire GPs is: 

"Short-term gaps in supply are no cause for alarm as new stocks are constantly arriving, however people are again advised to not take more than is needed, especially as doing so puts more people at risk of potentially going without."

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