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Reminder to Crawley residents: Don’t forget your repeat prescriptions this Easter

Running out of daily medication can have serious consequences for patients, so residents are being reminded to order repeat prescriptions in advance of GP practices and pharmacies closing.

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With the Bank Holidays over Easter fast approaching, residents who regularly take prescription medications are urged to order repeat prescriptions in advance of GP practices and pharmacies closing, freeing up GP time to care for those patients most in need.

Running out of daily medication can have serious consequences for patients, especially those who rely on them to control heart and breathing problems. The NHS can provide repeat prescriptions outside of GP surgery hours if absolutely necessary, but repeat prescribing uses around 10% of out-of-hours-GP time, thereby delaying care for ill patients.

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The local NHS is calling on anyone who regularly orders a repeat prescription to order it at least a week before their medication is due to run out. It can take 48 hours to process a repeat prescription under normal circumstances and even longer during extremely busy periods such as the Easter Bank Holidays.

For those who find themselves unwell or need medical advice when their GP surgery is closed, a website at www.sussexhelpmy.nhs.uk  highlights all these available alternatives to A&E visits and GP appointments, with searchable listings on the most appropriate services to treat a range of illness and injuries.

Dr Minesh Patel, NHS Horsham and Mid Sussex CCG Clinical Chair and local GP, said:

“With the excitement of the Easter Bank Holidays, it’s often easy for people to overlook ordering repeat prescriptions, but forgetting to get enough supplies can put a lot of strain on out-of-hours services, which are there to deal with urgent health problems not to issue repeat prescriptions.

“This is why we are advising anyone who regularly orders a repeat prescription to order it at least a week before their medication is due to run out and take it to the pharmacy as soon as they have it. Under normal circumstances it takes 48 hours to process a repeat prescription, though it can take longer during extremely busy periods such as bank holidays.

Dr Laura Hill, NHS Crawley CCG Clinical Chair and local GP, said:

“People need to be aware that their GP surgery or pharmacy will be closed at times over the holiday period. If in doubt it is best to check opening times well in advance.

“Residents can also dial 111 if they need medical help but are not in a life-threatening situation. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and is a great way to get the right medical advice at any time.”

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Inspiring Crawley man crushed under dumper truck and left paraplegic fundraising for pioneering rehabilitation

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Twenty years ago Steve Collins had a horrific accident when he was crushed after a dumper truck tipped over on him.

Following initial rehabilitation, his condition, was described as incurable.

“There was nothing more the NHS could do for me,” says Steve.

“Since leaving hospital I have always managed to live independently in my own bungalow using my resourcefulness and ingenuity to live a full and active life, but my goal has always been to heal my body.”

For the last fifteen years Steve has been involved in pioneering work in the field of Advanced Bio-Mechanical Rehabilitation. Known as ABR Therapy, this is the brain child of a Russian man called Leonid Blyum.

“I have been working under his guidance and we are proving that spinal injury is a treatable condition.” Steve Explains.

But there are no miracle cures and it is a long slow process and in all this time Leonid Blyum has been evolving and refining the techniques as the therapy has developed.

So far Steve has made enormous improvements and is now well on his way to walking again, but there is still a long way to go.

“In order to overcome a spinal injury, it is necessary to rebuild the catastrophic collapse of the primary core structure of the body. Unfortunately the medical establishment focuses solely on nerve damage and fails to see the vitally important bio-mechanical aspects. When we address the bio-mechanics and rebuild the structure we find that the nerve pathways re-establish of their own accord, despite the terrible damage I did to my spine.”

“Before this therapy my body was terribly depleted and everything was a struggle, including sitting. I could sit on the bus, but had to hold on for dear life. Now I can sit comfortably with my hands in my lap as the bus lurches round the corners. In the past when I went to sleep I woke up in exactly the same position, full of aches and pains. Now I have the strength in my body to toss and turn in my sleep like anyone else. I used to be paralysed from the waist down, now I have strength in my pelvis and control of my legs at the hips and knees. I live comfortably and move around with ease, can crawl on all fours and weight bear through my legs with a good hand hold.”

“I have every intention of walking again and need another five years to finish rebuilding my body. It is important that I continue this work, not only for my own future, but for the future of all who follow in my footsteps. I make it my mission to show what is possible.

Now Steve is fundraising to continue the vital work in Advanced Bio-Mechanical Rehabilitation and to also help him walk again.

You can support Steve and his campaign by going to his GoFundMe page here.

For more information you can also see Steve’s website here www.spinalroots.net

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