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05 May 2020
GP practices and pharmacies across Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes (BLMK) will be providing services over the early May Bank Holiday weekend.
This year the early May Bank Holiday is on Friday 8 May to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day. But anyone feeling unwell on this day can still seek help from their GP surgery.
Dr Nicola Smith, Chair of the three clinical commissioning groups serving BLMK, said: “Although it is a Bank Holiday the NHS is still here for you. So if you need medical help from your GP practice, contact them by phone to be assessed.”
Arrangements will differ for each surgery, so if patients need to speak to a GP they are advised to visit their practice website for specific opening hours and contact details. The surgery’s voicemail will advise callers what to do if they can’t get through.
Most pharmacies will be opening from 2pm to 5pm on 8 May for anyone needing to get a prescription fulfilled or requiring an over-the-counter medicine. Pharmacies will open as normal on Saturday 9 May and some will also open on Sunday.
If you are concerned that you or a member of your family may have coronavirus symptoms don’t go to your GP, hospital or pharmacy. Instead, use the NHS 111 online service www.111.nhs.uk/service/COVID-19 to check your symptoms and get advice about what to do next.
Patients should only ring NHS111 if they are unable to manage their coronavirus symptoms, have been instructed to do so or do not have access to the internet. This will allow the NHS111 telephone service to help those who need it most.
Anyone with a serious or life-threatening emergency should call 999.
For more information contact 01525 624440
Notes to editors
Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Commissioning Collaborative
In November 2018/19, the three NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes formed a new Commissioning Collaborative. This partnership, which has created a single executive team leading the three CCGs while retaining their independence and local accountability, enables the executive team to look at commissioning differently and will see the CCGs move towards a more transformational approach – working with partners both within and outside of the NHS to ensure that we deliver the right care locally.
Clinical Commissioning Groups
Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are responsible for planning, organising and buying NHS-funded healthcare for their residents. This includes hospital, community health and mental health services.
CCG’s are run by GPs, nurses, hospital doctors and other clinicians – the people you see whenever you come into contact with the NHS. All GP practices are members of their CCG.