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02 February 2015
Bedford Blues captain Nick Fenton-Wells (centre) has pledged to look after local NHS services by choosing well this winter and only using A&E in a real emergency.
Charlie Clare (hooker – right of pic) and Dean Adamson (wing – left of pic) have also pledged to Choose Well by wrapping up during outdoor training to avoid injury and boosting their immune systems with a healthy diet.
The Blues are backing Bedfordshire CCG’s campaign to raise awareness of how and when to use the different urgent care services available to local residents. The aim is to relieve the pressure on A&E services at Bedford Hospital at their busiest time of the year.
More than 100 people have already signed the Choose Well pledge, in addition to Nick and his team mates. They include Mayor of Bedford Dave Hodgson, students at Bedford College and Bedford Town football team.
Bedford residents are also encouraged to look after themselves and their families by, for example, wearing sensible shoes when it’s icy, wrapping up warm in the cold or keeping an eye on elderly relatives and neighbours.
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Notes for Editors
· People can pledge online at www.bedfordshireccg.nhs.uk. Everyone who pledges will be entered into a draw to receive a £10 voucher at a local store or event.
· How to choose well:
- Hangover, grazed knee, sore throat, cough – choose self-care. A well-stocked first-aid kit including paracetamol, anti-diarrhoea medicine and thermometer
- Tummy ache, running nose, persistent headache – choose your local pharmacy (chemist)
- Illness or injury that won’t go away – choose your GP. A GP is available 24-hours a day. Even if you think the surgery is closed, ring your GP surgery for the emergency GP number.
- Cuts, strains, itches, sprains – choose the walk-in clinic. Open seven days a week, 8am-6.30pm, no appointment needed. Putnoe Walk-in Centre, 93, Queens Drive, Bedford MK41 9JE. Tel 01234 221977.
- Choking, chest pain, blacking out, blood loss - choose A&E or dial 999 for serious illnesses and major accidents
· BCCG would like to thank all the local businesses that have donated a £10 voucher – add list here
· Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group is responsible for planning, organising and buying NHS-funded healthcare for the 441,000 people who live in Bedfordshire. This includes hospital, community health and mental health services.