As we head into the bank holiday weekend, Milton Keynes residents are being reminded not to visit A&E unless they genuinely need to be there.
Dr Nicola Smith, Chair at NHS Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “No one likes to have their time wasted especially when they could be enjoying the bank holiday weekend, however many people choose to spend part of it in A&E when they don’t need to.”
“Remember there are many alternative NHS services available if you are unwell or injured, including your local pharmacy and the NHS 111 service.”
Many pharmacies are open over the bank holiday and can give you advice on treating symptoms such as minor infections, upset stomach, headaches and hay fever.
You can call NHS 111 if you have a non-life-threatening emergency and are not sure where to go. They will direct you to the most appropriate service including your local GP Out of Hours Service.
A&E is only for people who are experiencing a life threatening emergency such as a heart attack, stroke or a serious accident.
Dr Smith added “Typically, this is the start of the hay fever season for many sufferers as pollen is released into the air.”
Hay fever is a common allergic condition with symptoms including sneezing, a runny nose, itchy eyes, caused by the immune system reacting to grass, tree and weed pollens. The symptoms can have a serious impact on the well-being of some people.
There is no cure for hay fever but most people are able to reduce symptoms with treatment and advice from their pharmacist.
There are many anti-histamine medications that can be bought over the counter at your pharmacist that should provide effective relief.
For more information on hay fever: http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/hayfever/Pages/Allabouthayfever.aspx
For more information and to view pharmacy rotas over the bank holiday weekend visit: http://www.miltonkeynesccg.nhs.uk/