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------------------------------------------------------------------------------------People in Glasgow are being urged not to request prescriptions before they are due to ease pressure on over-stretched services.

GPs and Pharmacists across Greater Glasgow and Clyde have faced a high demand for prescriptions since the COVID-19 outbreak began, resulting in queues and long waits for patients most in need of drugs.

Pharmacies have reassured patients that they are not facing shortages of prescription treatments but urged patients to act responsibly.

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Alan Harrison of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, 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.” 

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.

For any patients with coronavirus symptoms, they are urged to consult NHS Inform or call NHS24 on 111.