If you have not yet registered for online services please do so now so that you can submit your requests from home. We are now able to register you over the phone so that you don't need to attend the surgery in person.
Paracetamol is a very useful pain-reliever offering some comfort for a wide range of conditions including headaches, general aches and pains, and reducing fever. It does not change disease progression; it just helps make you feel a bit better. Some people have been purchasing unnecessarily large amounts from over the counter sellers including supermarkets, petrol stations and your local community pharmacy. There are many reports of bare shelves.
Community pharmacies are working hard to maintain the supply chain for paracetamol, so that people who need it on a daily basis to help manage chronic pain can still have access to it.
Please continue to use this option as stocks will be replenished.
Your GP will only be able to issue prescriptions for small amounts of paracetamol if there is a proven clinical need not for a just in case basis.
PATIENTS WITH ASTHMA:
Pharmacies are working hard to ensure there are sufficient stocks of salbutamol for those patients that need them for asthma right now. If you have not previously had a diagnosis of asthma, or have not needed a reliever inhaler for several years then there is no reason, including the potential corona virus infection, to request one now.
For our patients with a current diagnosis of asthma, carrying your reliever inhaler (usually blue, often salbutamol) with you is important if you think your asthma symptoms are flaring up (see https://www.asthma.org.uk/coronavirus#Advice).
All staff responsible for issuing prescriptions have been given this advice.
Please do not contact the surgery for medication that is not currently necessary in order to ensure supplies are reserved for those that do need them.