Local health services coping well but demand is expected to rise Image: Wikicommons

Fewer people attended Bedford Hospital’s A&E

Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) said that the health system coped well over the Christmas and New Year period. It reported that fewer people attended Bedford Hospital’s A&E department and the number of admissions were down from previous years.

Sally Adams, BCCG chief operating officer, said:

“We were well prepared for an extremely busy festive season but it appears people are heeding our message about using health services responsibly.”

Bugs are beginning to spread

The New Year has bought with it colder weather and lots of colds and bugs are beginning to spread. The health services are starting to see increasing number of patients.

The public is being reminded they should first consult their local pharmacist or call NHS111 for non-urgent health problems.

Pharmacists are highly experienced healthcare professionals who can advise on the treatment options for a wide range of minor health conditions and can often help you avoid having to visit your GP.

If you are feeling unwell you can also speak to trained NHS staff by calling NHS111.

This free service is available 24/7 and provides advice for your healthcare needs.

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Walk-in centre is still available in Putnoe

The NHS 111 team can connect callers to a nurse, emergency dentist or even a GP. It can also arrange face-to-face appointments if they think one is needed. This could be with the Urgent Treatment Centre or in the Out of Hours service.

Alternatively, if you have a minor illness or injury you can see a nurse or doctor without an appointment at the local NHS walk-in centre in Putnoe, Bedford.

This service is available seven days a week from 8.00am to 2.00pm Monday to Friday and 8.00am to 5.00pm at weekends. Call 01234 319992.