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05 February 2019
Residents in Bedford Borough will be receiving important healthcare information through their letterboxes in the next few days.
NHS Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) is sending a leaflet to every household in the borough to highlight the range of health services available and explaining what each service is for.
In Bedford, the public can choose from a number of services when they require healthcare advice and treatment. These are local pharmacies, GP surgeries, NHS111, the Putnoe Walk-in Centre, and the Urgent Treatment Centre and A&E department at Bedford Hospital. But with all the different ways to access medical care, some people get confused about which service is the most suitable for their healthcare needs.
Under the title “Help Us Help You Stay Well”, the BCCG’s leaflet clearly explains the types of conditions each service is designed to treat.
Emma Hunt-Smith, BCCG’s Assistant Director of Unplanned Care Commissioning, said: “We urge the public to keep the leaflet in a safe place and refer to it when they need medical help. The information will guide them to the right healthcare service, ensuring they receive advice and treatment quickly and efficiently.
“It will also help to relieve the pressure on NHS emergency services, enabling them to deal with those patients who have the most critical medical needs.”
The “Help Us Help You Stay Well” leaflet is also available on the BCCG’s website at www.bedfordshireccg.nhs.uk