Bedfordshire patients urged to think pharmacy first Credit: Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) and Luton Clinical Commissioning Group (LCCG)

A visit to a pharmacist can be easier than a visit to your GP

Bedfordshire’s and Luton’s Clinical Commissioning Groups are reminding patients that pharmacies can help with a wide range of minor ailments and many will be open over the four-day Easter weekend.

High street pharmacists offer advice and medication for a wide range of common illnesses. This is without the need to book a GP appointment.

A visit to a pharmacy can aid a speedy recovery when your local doctor’s surgery is closed.

Fiona Garnett, Head of Medicines Management for Bedfordshire’s Clinical Commissioning Group said:

“Pharmacists are a great place to start if you’re feeling unwell over the bank holiday weekend.

“They can provide expert help with a wide range of common conditions and minor injuries, such as back pain, sore throats, upset stomach or skin rashes.

“If you’re not sure what medicine is most suited for your ailment, your local pharmacist can advise you. They have a large range of medication available and can help people stock their medicine cabinet at home to treat minor illnesses.”

Help may be at hand if you run out of medication

Patients should ensure that they have enough medication over the extended bank holiday weekend. However, help may be on hand if they run out.

Richard Jones, Head of Medicines Optimisation for Luton Clinical Commissioning Group said:

“If you are in a situation where you don’t have enough medication and your surgery is closed then your local pharmacist can also issue an emergency supply of most prescribed medication that is immediately necessary.”

Pharmacists can also review your regular medication. To check what time your local pharmacy in Bedfordshire is open over the bank holiday weekend visit here and for opening times in Luton visit here.

If you are unsure what medical service is most suitable for you over Easter weekend, call NHS111.