The Jubilee bank holiday is just around the corner, and NHS Milton Keynes and Northamptonshire is urging people to make sure they have everything they need to keep well.
Patients with long term conditions are advised to get their repeat prescriptions ready well ahead of the bank holiday.
In particular, they are encouraging people to use their local pharmacy as a source of health information and advice.
Pharmacies provide services such as:
Dispensing medicine - including how to use and dispose of them safely
Emergency contraception such as the “morning after pill” is available from your local pharmacy
Providing advice for minor ailments such as conjunctivitis, cystitis, impetigo, and more without you needing to see a doctor
Advising on the correct medicine for flu and colds that’s right for you and your family
Remember that there are alternatives to the emergency services including minor injuries units, out of hours services or self-care at home, and that accident and emergency departments should only be used in serious circumstances.
Alternatively, patients can call NHS Direct for help and advice - it operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 0845 46 47.
For more information, visit www.askyourself.org.uk.
For pharmacy opening times, rotas can be found at www.miltonkeynes-northamptonshire.nhs.uk/choosewell_pharmacies/