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Featured Tuesday, May 1 2018

Healthcare and advice available over the May Bank Holiday

Residents of East Berkshire are being advised on how they can access healthcare and advice over the Bank Holiday.

East Berkshire Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are advising people to check the opening times for pharmacies, GP surgeries and dental practices before visiting.
Those on regular medication are being reminded to order and collect repeat prescriptions well in advance so they have enough medicine while GP surgeries and pharmacies are closed.
 The ‘Extended GP hours Service’, for people who find it difficult to take time off work or have other commitments during daytime hours, will also continue to operate with some limited appointment capacity on Monday 7th May, please check with your local surgery for detail. People are reminded that these are pre-bookable appointments via their individual GP surgeries only. Appointments cannot be booked on the day.


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All GP practices will be closed on Monday 7th May. People will still be able to access GP care, whether this is for an urgent appointment or medical advice, by calling NHS 111.
 Our three Urgent Care facilities will be open throughout the Bank Holiday period with walk-in services available for people at Bracknell Urgent Care Centre (BUCC), Slough Walk-In Centre (SWIC) and St Mark’s Urgent Care Centre (SMUCC) in Maidenhead. Here are their opening hours:

• BUCC is open 8am-8pm, 7 days a week (including Bank Holidays) - no change to opening times over Bank Holiday
• SWIC is open 8am-8pm, 7 days a week (including Bank Holidays) - no change to opening times over Bank Holiday
• St Mark's UCC is open 8:30am -5pm on weekdays / 8:30am – 1pm on weekends and Bank Holidays - no change to opening times over Bank Holiday

People may also seek medical advice from a number of local pharmacies, some of which will be operating on restricted opening hours on Monday 7th May. It is recommended that a small ‘first aid’ box and a supply of basic medication i.e. pain relief for adults and children etc. should be in place to support self-care throughout the year.

You can download a list of pharmacies in east Berkshire and their opening hours over the Bank Holiday.

On Monday 7th May, all GP practices will be closed with people advised to use 111, walk-in centres or pharmacies if they need assistance.
All services will resume as normal from Tuesday 8th May with additional clinical capacity at the Extended GP hours Service again in place to help deal with any increased demand.
Those seeking professional online health information should consult the following useful websites:
www.patient.info : symptom checker, common conditions and topics, information leaflets, etc.
medi-health.info : clear medical information, definitions, likely causes, best treatments, self-help advice.
http://www.nhs.uk : A to Z of conditions and treatments, Live Well, Finding medical help locally.
http://www.childhealthslough.com : common childhood illnesses from 0 to 5 years, in English, Polish, Urdu and Punjabi