NHS Western Isles are urging people not to request unnecessary prescriptions.

GPs and Pharmacists across the Outer Hebrides have faced a high demand for prescriptions since the COVID-19 outbreak began.

NHS Western Isles is urging patients to not request or fill unnecessary repeat prescriptions. GP practices and community pharmacies continue to operate.

Patients are asked to phone in the first instance for any queries that are not coronavirus-related.

Gordon Jamieson, NHS Western Isles Chief Executive, said: “A huge thank you to all GP practice and community pharmacy teams who continue to care for patients in extremely challenging circumstances.

“But they are facing an unnecessary strain because individuals are requesting and filling prescriptions when they do not need to.

“That’s why we’re asking the public to please help us and not order unnecessary prescriptions. We’re all in this together.”

Patients are reminded that there is a free NHS 24 helpline for people without coronavirus symptoms who are looking for general information on coronavirus - 0800 028 2816.​ Patients with coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms are asked to dial NHS 24 on 111, day or night, if they are unable to manage their symptoms or if their symptoms do not improve after seven days.

And NHS Western Isles is also reminding patients that they must bring their own regular/repeat medication with them when they come into hospital.

The hospital can supply medication, but it is patients’ own responsibility to supply regular repeat medications.

It is essential that patients manage their repeat prescriptions effectively, ordering from their GP/ Community Pharmacy and not running out.