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Patients told ‘get your medicines before Le Tour’

People in Calderdale who need repeat prescriptions of medicines have been told to think ahead and stock up early to avoid the rush before the Tour de France comes to Calderdale on 6 July.

Thousands of people expected to come to Calderdale in the weeks leading up to the race, which enters Calderdale at Cock Hill, passing through Peckett Well village, Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd, Cragg Vale, Ripponden, Greetland, West Vale and the Ainley Top roundabout before heading on to Kirklees.

It may be difficult for patients to get a prescription over the weekend of the race due to road closures and the influx of extra people, meaning they should be prepared and plan in advance.

Dr Alan Brook, Chair, NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and GP in Brighouse, said: “We’re asking patients, especially those with a long-term condition such as diabetes, asthma, and arthritis, to plan ahead and think about when they will need their medication over the next few months; that means carefully working out how much medication they have left and making time to order a repeat prescription early if they need it.

“If patients are concerned about their medication running out they should speak to their local pharmacist as soon as possible.”

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Notes to Editors:

Further details about the Tour de France can be found on the Calderdale Council website: http://news.calderdale.gov.uk/find-out-more-about-tdf-plans/ and the Visit Calderdale website: http://www.visitcalderdale.com/

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