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04 January 2019
Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) says the health system coped well over the Christmas and New Year period, with fewer people attending Bedford Hospital’s A&E department and the number of admissions, was down from previous years.
“We were well prepared for an extremely busy festive season but it appears people are heeding our message about using health services responsibly,” says Sally Adams, BCCG Chief Operating Officer.
The New Year has bought with it colder weather and lots of colds and bugs are beginning to spread, with health services starting to see an increasing number of patients. With the worst of the winter weather still to come, demand is expected to increase further and the public is being reminded they should first consult their local pharmacist or call NHS111 for non-urgent health problems.
Pharmacists are highly experienced healthcare professionals who can advise on the treatment options for a wide range of minor health conditions and can often help you avoid having to visit your GP.
If you are feeling unwell you can also speak to trained NHS staff by calling NHS111. This free service is available 24/7 and provides excellent advice for your healthcare needs. Depending on your need, the NHS 111 team can connect you to a nurse, emergency dentist or even a GP, and can arrange face-to-face appointments if they think you need one, at the Urgent Treatment Centre or in the Out of Hours service.
Alternatively, if you have a minor illness or injury you can see a nurse or doctor without an appointment at the local NHS walk-in centre in Putnoe, Bedford. This service is available seven days a week from 8.00am to 2.00pm Monday to Friday and 8.00am to 5.00pm at weekends.