July 29 2014 Latest news:
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Health bosses have advised people to check their medicine stocks in preparation for Monday’s arrival of the Tour de France.
Road closures and the influx of thousands of people will make it difficult for residents to get to their local pharmacy on the day.
Dr Rob Gerlis, chairman of the West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (WECCG), said: “People are being given lots of information ahead of this exciting event so our message is simply to consider your medication needs ahead of Monday, July 7.
“We’d also like to echo the advice to plan your journey ahead of the day as road closures may affect access to your local GP surgery and pharmacy.”
The WECCG has urged people who take medicines regularly to make sure they have enough to cover them until after July 7.
If people find they do not have enough, and have a repeat prescription, they are advised to submit this as soon as possible. Residents can contact their local pharmacy if they are unsure or have any concerns.
People have also been advised to keep hydrated and ensure they have the appropriate over the counter medication – for allergy relief, bites, stings, headaches and sickness and diarrhoea – in stock, ahead of the day.
Advice on what the public might need to stock is available from community pharmacists ahead of the day.
While patients will still have access to GP services they are also invited to check the availability of their GP surgery as those affected by the route may be running an amended schedule of clinics.
Further information on the Tour de France in Essex, including road closures and timings, is available at letouressex.com/en-gb/home.asp