Your local pharmacist can help over the bank holiday weekend

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If you need to seek medical help over the bank holiday weekend, your local pharmacy may be able to help with advice and medications.

Pharmacists can also issue an emergency supply of any prescription medication that isn’t a controlled drug and you don’t need an appointment.

Find a list of pharmacies open in Bedfordshire at www.bedfordshireccg.nhs.uk.

Sally-Jane Hamilton, pharmacist for Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) said: “Pharmacists can help with a wide range of common conditions and minor injuries, such as headaches and back pain, 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.”

Even if your GP surgery is closed, remember to check their website for information about out of hours cover. The Putnoe Walk-in Centre, Bedford is open 8am – 6.30pm, 365 days a year – including bank holidays, and can help with minor illnesses such as cuts and grazes, strains and sprains, and an array of other common ailments as a safe, speedy alternative to A&E.

The BCCG reminds people that A&E is only for real emergencies, so for anything else, consult a pharmacist, get health information from NHS Choices, or get urgent medical advice by calling 111.