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Feeling unwell over the Easter Bank Holiday? Ask your pharmacist or visit Putnoe Walk-in Centre

24 March 2015

People sometimes go to A&E with common illnesses, aches and pains over bank holidays as their GP surgery is closed. Did you know your pharmacist can issue an emergency supply of any medication that isn’t a controlled drug? Or that Putnoe Walk-in Centre will be open 8 am – 6.30pm, even on Easter Sunday?

You can see your local pharmacist anytime: just walk in, without an appointment. Putnoe Walk-in Centre is open 8am – 6.30pm, 365 days a years and can help with minor illnesses, cuts and grazes, strains and sprains, and an array of other common ailments. Both services can offer a safe, speedy alternative to A&E.

You can find a list of pharmacies open near you over the Easter Bank Holiday, including Easter Sunday by visiting www.bedfordshireccg.nhs.uk.

Arif Esmail from Wootton Pharmacy, said: “Pharmacists can help with a range of common conditions and minor injuries, such as headaches and back pains, coughs and colds, sore throat, upset stomach and skin rashes. We can help choose the best medicines such as pain killers and anti-histamines and help people stock their medicine cabinet at home to treat minor illnesses and ailments.”

A&E is only for real emergencies, attending with minor complains puts pressure on the hospital and hospital staff have less time and resources to attend to emergency patients. 

Notes to editors

·         For more information, contact communications@bedfordshireccg.nhs.uk , 01525 864406

·         For more information about controlled drugs visit http://www.nhs.uk/chq/Pages/1391.aspx?CategoryID=73

·         For a full list of controlled drugs not available on emergency prescription visit http://www.controlleddrugs.org/cdlist.html

·         Visit www.bedfordshireccg.nhs.uk/selfcare or www.nhs.uk/chemist to find more information about your nearest pharmacy including the services they offer and their opening times. Many pharmacies are open late and at weekends.

·         Common medicines available over-the-counter can treat a range of minor ailments such as:

·         aches and pains

·         heartburn and indigestion

·         coughs and colds

·         hay fever and allergies

·         sore throat

·         eczema

·         upset stomach

·         athlete's foot

·         skin rashes

·         headlice


·         BCCG is a GP-led commissioning group that purchases secondary and community health services for the people of Bedfordshire. For more information go to: www.bedfordshireccg.nhs.uk

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