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Choose Well to stay well in cold weather

02 February 2015


The Met Office has forecast a cold week ahead, with a likelihood of snow and ice. Bedfordshire residents are encouraged to look after themselves and their families by wearing sensible shoes when it’s icy, wrapping up warm in the cold and checking on elderly neighbours.

Many local residents of Bedfordshire have pledged to look after their NHS by choosing well this winter and only using hospital A&E services in a real emergency.

More than 250 local people have signed the Choose Well pledge. They include Bedford Blues Rugby Club, Robert and Amy Dawes (stars of ITV hospital drama The Royal) and the Bedford Town football team.

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, 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

For further information contact the communications team on 01525 864 406, communications@bedfordshireccg.nhs.uk

Notes to 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.
  • BCCG would like to thank all the local businesses that have donated a £10 voucher
  • 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. 
  • Pictured – Bedford Blues Rugby Club, captain Nick Fenton-Wells 

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