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03 January 2018
Bedford Hospital NHS Trust is dealing with very high numbers of patients with a lot of pressure in particular on Accident and Emergency Services. This means it’s really important to look get medical help from the right place.
So where can you go for medical help?
· Our advice is to go to your local high street pharmacy at the first sign of winter illness, even if it’s just a cold. You won’t need to sit around waiting for an appointment and you can get advice from a skilled clinician about medication for a range of conditions.
· Call NHS111 if you are unwell and are unsure where to go, or if you feel it is urgent. You can speak to trained NHS staff, it’s free and is available 24/7: you will get advice and be directed to the best local health care for your needs.
· If you have a minor injury – you can see a nurse or doctor without an appointment at your local walk-in centre open seven days a week. Putnoe Walk-in Centre, Queens Drive, Bedford is open 8am - 6.30pm, T: 01234 319992
· Contact your GP – You can book GP appointments online and most offer telephone appointments too.
· Remember to keep A&E for serious or life-threatening injury and accidents only.’