Monthly Archives: August 2015

August Bank Holiday Pharmacy Opening Times

With the bank holiday approaching, we are reminding people to plan ahead for repeat prescriptions over the August bank holiday as many GPs and pharmacies in the area may be closed or working shorter days. The bank holiday falls on 31st August 2015.

Ailments such as coughs, flu-like symptoms and upset stomachs can often be treated at home simply by having a well-stocked medicine cabinet. Local pharmacies can supply the right items and also provide expert advice on how to treat many common illnesses and injuries at home.

You can also dial 111 if they need medical help but are not in a life-threatening situation. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and is a great way to get the right medical advice at any time.

Below is a list of local pharmacies and their opening hours during the August bank holiday.

Boots The Chemists
13 Princess Square, Station Road
RG12 1LS
Tel: 01344 424906
 10:00 – 16:00
Sainsburys Pharmacy
Ringmead, Bagshot Road
RG12 7SS
Tel: 01344 456868
 9:00 – 19:00
Tesco Pharmacy
Jigs Lane, Warfield
RG42 3JP
Tel: 01344 723447
 10:00 – 16:00

Pharmacy opening hours on Bank Holidays are voluntary and are, therefore, subject to change.Patients are advised to check if pharmacies are open by telephone before making a journey.

New Pulmonary Rehabilitation Service in Bracknell

Why is Pulmonary Rehabilitation so important?

NICE guidelines specify that patients with moderate to severe Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD, Chronic Bronchitis) should have pulmonary rehabilitation every 18 months. 

Patients, who receive pulmonary rehabilitation get more confident, fitter and more independent again. They will be less sick and have to be admitted to hospital less often. They will have a higher quality of life and will be less fatigued, tired and housebound.

We are very happy to announce we started a new service at the Bracknell Open Learning Centre while continuing the existing service at Heatherwood Hospital.

So what is changing?

  • GPs can now directly refer to this service (before only hospitals could)
  • All patients with moderate to severe COPD will get timely access
  • There will be maintenance classes for motivated patient (nationally a new trial to learn about the benefit of more continued intervention)
  • Patients in Bracknell have more local access to services
  • Waiting times have been reduced from 6 months to 3-6 weeks depending on urgency
  • All patients with an acute exacerbation of COPD will now get timely pulmonary rehabilitation
  • NICE guidelines are now being met

For more information, click here.