Monthly Archives: August 2016

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 29th August 2016. Click to view the local bank holiday pharmacy opening times.

If you or someone you care for requires medicines regularly, make sure you order and collect repeat prescriptions in good time to ensure you have enough medicine to last over the holiday period. This can be a very busy time for the local NHS, so picking up a repeat prescription in advance could help keep staff free to deal with life-threatening emergencies.

Common ailments such as colds can often be effectively treated at home with readily available medicine, so make sure you have a well-stocked first aid kit including:

  • paracetamol or Ibuprofen for pain and/or fever (in adults and children);
  • medicine to combat diarrhoea;
  • rehydration mixture;
  • plasters;
  • a thermometer.

Download your copy of the NHS “Your Guide to Local Primary Care and Urgent Care Services in Bracknell and Ascot”

Call NHS 111

When you need help quickly but it’s not an emergency, call NHS 111 where friendly, highly-trained staff are available to talk to you directly about your health concerns. Advisors are supported by experienced nurses and paramedics. They will ask questions about your symptoms and then offer healthcare advice or direct you to the service that can help you best.

NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and is FREE to call from landlines or mobile phones.

Health information is also available around the clock at:

Speak to your local pharmacist

Your pharmacy is a good place to start when you need health advice. Pharmacists can offer advice about minor illnesses, such as ear ache, stomach upsets and diarrhoea as well as provide over-the-counter medication for everyday ailments such as coughs and colds.

Pharmacies offer stop smoking advice, the morning-after pill, advice on how to manage your medicines – and most have private consulting rooms so you don’t need to explain what’s wrong with the possibility of other people listening in.

Click to view local pharmacy opening times  during the August Bank Holiday.

Talk before you Walk – where to go for help

Emergency departments and 999 are for serious or critical conditions or life-threatening emergencies only.

There are many real alternatives available so ‘Talk before you Walk’ to make sure you get the right NHS care for you.

Bracknell Urgent Care Centre

Royal Berkshire Bracknell Healthspace

London Road

Bracknell, RG12 9BG

Tel: 01344 55 11 00

Open from 8am to 8pm every day of the year

The centre treats minor injuries and illnesses that need immediate assessment and treatment but don’t require a visit to A&E. The centre is led by nurses and supported by a GP at all times – but it is not an alternative to your GP surgery which should be contacted first if at all possible.

Waiting times vary, depending on the time of day and the number of patients, and staff will prioritise certain groups of people, including children and the elderly. If you are kept waiting, please be patient.


St Marks Urgent Care Centre

St Marks Hospital

112 St. Marks Road

Maidenhead, SL6 6DU

Tel: 03000 242000

Open Monday to Friday 8.30 am to 5.00pm; Saturday and Sunday (Bank Holidays) 9am to 1.00pm.

The centre is for minor injuries and ailments including bites and stings, foot and hand injuries, cuts and bruises, back pain, strains and sprains, burns and scalds, eye problems, panic attacks, breathing problems, fever, rashes etc. Additional services include weekday x-rays for minor fractures (for all patients over two years) and advice and support for long-term conditions such as high blood pressure and heart and lung diseases.


Slough Walk-in Health Centre

Upton Hospital

Albert Street, SL1 2BJ

Tel: 01753 635505

Open from 8am to 8pm every day of the year. The centre is available for people with minor illnesses and injuries that don’t require an x-ray. No appointments are necessary. Just turn up but please be patient as there may be queues at certain times.


For further information visit NHS Choices.

Former World Boxing Champion Frank Bruno supports Berkshire mental health charity

Sport in Mind receives £220,000 to provide the largest countywide programme of sporting activities in the UK for people experiencing mental illness

British boxing legend Frank Bruno MBE has thrown his weight behind a new programme of sports activities for people in Berkshire with mental health problems – the largest countywide programme of its kind in the UK.

The former WBC Heavyweight Champion, who has faced his own battle with mental illness, gave his support when he presented a cheque for £220,000 to Reading-based charity Sport in Mind on behalf of Sport England.

Sport in Mind works closely with Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Public Health Berkshire to provide sport and physical activity sessions for people with mental health problems. All sessions are supported by a team of dedicated volunteers, with the charity relying on grants, fundraising and donations to cover its running costs.

The funding will go towards a £500,000 three-year programme to help provide 35 sporting activities, including football, table tennis, badminton, yoga and short tennis, to improve the lives of those with mental illness across the county, including inpatients at Prospect Park Hospital in Reading.

Sport in Mind founder Neil Harris said:  “We’re really excited to be able to launch this programme here in Berkshire, and offer people experiencing mental health problems the opportunity to improve their health and well-being through sport and physical activity.

“Sport England’s investment in this programme will make a real difference to the lives of many people in our community, and help challenge the stigma associated with mental illness.”

For more information on Sport in Mind sessions in your area and how you can support the charity, please call 07969 579947 or visit

Frank Bruno Sport in Mind Berkshire July 2016

Former WBC Heavyweight Champion Frank Bruno MBE presents a cheque for £220,000 to Laura Brooks and Neil Harris from Sport in Mind, supported by Julian Emms and Ian Mundy from Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.