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Please only order the prescriptions you need

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The NHS in Hertfordshire is urging people to continue to order their prescriptions as normal during the coronavirus pandemic.

Community pharmacies across the county are experiencing an  increase in demand as some people unnecessarily look to stock up on medicines.   

They are calling for people to take the following action:

  • Only order the medicines you usually use – allowing extra time for your order to be processed
  • Order electronically if you possibly can
  • Only request a delivery from your pharmacy if you fall into a ‘high risk’ category

Helen Musson, Chief Officer, Community Pharmacy Hertfordshire said:

“We are asking you to support the health and wellbeing of your neighbours and your local pharmacies by ordering only what you need and ordering online if possible.

“Pharmacies can cope with your usual requests, but if people decide to ‘stock up’ then we will find it more difficult to supply the essential medicines people need.

“Pharmacies are currently experiencing increased demand, resulting in it taking longer to turn around  prescription orders, which is leading to queues outside  pharmacies.

“Ordering prescriptions as normal means pharmacies can process them more quickly and reduces the risk of spreading the virus by minimising queues.

“Please support your pharmacy staff, who are working very hard at this challenging time, by only ordering the medicines you require.”

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