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Featured Wednesday, May 9 2018

NHS gets ready for the Royal wedding

With thousands of people expected to visit Windsor ahead of the Royal Wedding and on the day itself, the NHS has been working closely with its partners to ensure minimum disruption to local health care services and patients.

The NHS wants to ensure that visitors and residents, who may require medical assistance or advice during what will be a very busy time, are able to access the most appropriate health service at the right time.

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As part of NHS East Berkshire Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG’s) planning, all local GP surgeries in Windsor have been notified of the road closures planned from Friday 18 to Saturday 19 May 2018. This is so that they can liaise with their patients should they be affected by the closures. Plans have also been put in place for patients who receive home visits.

On the wedding day itself (19/5), first aid facilities will be provided along the processional route and in Windsor town centre to help anyone feeling unwell. This will be coordinated by South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS), working closely with St John Ambulance and British Red Cross. Anyone with a more urgent medical need or a concern should call NHS 111.

In addition, a temporary Urgent Care Centre has been specifically commissioned by the CCG to operate from King Edward VII Hospital, St Leonards Road, SL4 3DP, for anyone with a minor injury or illness. The clinic, which will be within walking distance from Windsor town centre, will be open from 4pm to 10pm on Friday 18 May 2018 and 8am to 8pm on Saturday 19 May. There will be limited parking available on site for those using the service.

The Slough Walk in Centre at Upton Hospital and the Urgent Care Centres at Brants Bridge Bracknell and St Marks Hospital in Maidenhead will be open as normal over the period for minor injuries.

Alternatively, people should call 999 if they are seriously ill or injured and their life is at risk.

Anyone requiring medication in an emergency or over the counter medication will need to visit the nearest available pharmacy. To view pharmacy details, click here.

CCG Associate Director for Urgent and Emergency Care and Specialist Services, Rachel Wakefield, said: “A lot of planning and preparation has gone into ensuring that patients, residents and visitors will be able to access suitable health care and advice during what will be a very busy period.

“People are encouraged to take suitable steps to stay well especially if they are travelling long distances and will be on their feet for long periods of time. Keeping hydrated is important.
She added: “If you need medication, carry it with you at all times and keep it in a secure place.”

Pointers on how people can stay well:

  • If it is hot and sunny, regularly apply generous amounts of sunscreen. Wear a hat and clothes that will keep you cool and covered.
  • Drink plenty of water or other soft drinks during the day to stay hydrated.
  • If you drink alcohol, eat well, and drink water or soft drinks in between alcoholic drinks.
  • You will probably be on your feet a lot and all viewing areas will only be accessible by foot so be prepared for long walks from train stations or car parks. Bring comfortable shoes and plasters for blisters.