Hundreds of parents learn more about health services in Milton Keynes

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More than 400 parents found out more about the health services available to them and their children in Milton Keynes at MK Play Day.

The family fun day took place at Campbell Park where NHS Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) was on hand to speak to mums and dads about the NHS 111 telephone helpline service and the benefits of using local pharmacies.

Whilst kids queued up to have their photo taken with the extremely popular Minion, the CCG spoke to their parents and guardians about where to go to seek advice or the most appropriate treatment for a variety of conditions.

Alongside promoting NHS 111, the CCG team informed parents about MK Pharmacy First, a campaign to raise awareness of the vast array of services available at pharmacies and encourage people to visit their pharmacy first, before making an appointment with their GP.

The team was also reminding parents that 999 and A&E were for accidents and emergencies only.

Jo Elsley, mum of Sonny who won the prize draw for a Pharmacy First bear, said: “I’ve used NHS 111 previously and I find it an invaluable help with my children. It was good to see the CCG’s NHS 111 team at the Play Day today raising awareness and advising other parents of when to use it.”

Matt Webb, Chief Officer at NHS Milton Keynes CCG, said: “MK Play Day was a fantastic success and it was great that we got to talk to so many local parents about the services available across Milton Keynes. In terms of getting our message out there and engaging with local people to raise awareness of health services and correct use of A&E and NHS 111, this was a very successful day. Many of the parents we spoke to were already using NHS 111 and had a good knowledge of when it was appropriate to use A&E, which was really encouraging.”