Actors Robert Daws and Amy Robbins have pledged to look after their NHS by choosing well this winter and only using hospital A&E services in a real emergency.
The husband and wife duo - stars of ITV hospital drama The Royal, which ran from 2003 to 2011 - are backing Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group’s campaign to raise awareness of how and when to use different urgent care services.
The aim is to relieve the pressure on A&E services at their busiest time of the year.
More than 100 people have already signed up to the ‘Choose Well’ pledge. In addition to Robert and Amy, they include Mayor of Bedford Dave Hodgson, students at Bedford College and Bedford Town football team.
People can pledge online at www.bedfordshireccg.nhs.uk and everyone that does so will be entered into a draw to receive a £10 voucher that can be redeemed at a local store or event.
Bedford householders 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.
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. Call 01234 221977.
>Choking, chest pain, blacking out, blood loss - choose A&E or dial 999 for serious illnesses and major accidents.