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Advice for patients during industrial action

22 April 2016

*Your GP practice will be open as usual the days of industrial action, but may be busier than usual, so please contact them early if you need advice or an appointment. Check your practice website or www.nhs.uk/strike  to find out if they are open for longer.

If you have regular medication please make sure you don’t run out - collect your prescription from your GP or pharmacist and keep any medication at hand where you need it.

Find all local NHS services at www.nhs.uk  – including dentists, pharmacies, walk-in centres and local doctors’ surgeries.

If you need medical help fast call 111 if it’s not an emergency, to get clinical advice, or contact your GP: the out of hours service means a GP is available 24 hours a day, every day.

You can see a nurse or doctor without an appointment about minor injuries and everyday ailments at NHS Walk-in centres which are open every day. In Putnoe, Bedford, the walk-in centre is open 8.00am - 6.30pm and in Luton, it opens 8.00am – 8.00pm.Pharmacists are the first port of call for many common illnesses and ailments, and can offer advice on medication without the need for an appointment, conveniently on your local high street.

A&E is always just for patients with serious and life threatening conditions. So as usual, only those patients with serious and life threatening conditions should visit their A&E to ensure that hospitals can treat those who most need it.

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