BARNSLEY CCG is encouraging residents to not leave it until the last minute to pick up their repeat prescriptions before the Easter break.

The majority of GP practices and pharmacies will be running reduced opening hours throughout the next few days.

Dr Madhavi Guntamukkala, medical director at NHS Barnsley CCG, said: “We want to ensure anyone with long-term health conditions, such as asthma, diabetes and heart disease, enjoys the extended break and doesn’t run out of their essential medicines.

“However, should you need us, there will be a small number of pharmacists available throughout the Easter bank holiday and GP appointments will be available with iHEART Barnsley.

“It only takes a few minutes to collect some over-the-counter remedies for seasonal ailments.

“If you do take regular medications, please ensure you have enough to cover the bank holiday period.

“Make looking after your health part of your Easter preparations and don’t leave it until the last minute.”