Monthly Archives: August 2017

Bank Holiday opening times for pharmacies and GP surgeries

As we fast approach a Bank Holiday at the end of this month, residents are being reminded to make sure their medicine cabinets are stocked up.

Most pharmacies and GP surgeries will be closed on Monday 28 August, so people are advised to plan ahead.

If you are on regular medication, the east Berkshire Clinical Commissioning Groups are urging you to make sure you have enough to last while GPs and pharmacists are closed.

A small number of pharmacies will be open but with reduced opening times. Click for details of local pharmacy opening times.

If you need help over the bank holiday when your GP surgery or pharmacy is closed, call NHS 111 to find a local service that is open. You can also visit NHS Choices at www.nhs.uk.

A&Es and emergency ambulances are for life-threatening emergencies only, such as loss of consciousness, suspected heart attack or stroke, severe breathing difficulties or severe bleeding that cannot be stopped. In these cases call 999 immediately.

Choosing the right NHS service will help get you the best advice and reduces pressure on A&E and GP services, freeing them up to help those who need it most.

Residents invited to Bracknell and Ascot CCG AGM

NHS Bracknell and Ascot Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is holding its fourth annual meeting (AGM) next month.

Residents are invited to attend the free event on Wednesday 6 September at Ascot Racecourse, High Street, Ascot, SL5 7JX, from 1.30pm to 6pm. There will be light refreshments and free parking available in Car Park 3 which will be signposted.

Building on the successes of previous years, the event is an opportunity for people to hear about key achievements and challenges over the past year, as well as plans for the coming year.

In addition, marketplace stalls will display key information around how The NHS and local authorities plan to work more closely together to improve health and care over the next five years.

Attendees will also be able to provide feedback on local NHS services, informing clinicians and staff of what is working well and where improvements could be made.

Dr William Tong, Clinical Chair for the CCG and recently retired local GP, said “The NHS in Bracknell and Ascot has a lot to be proud of, especially as we have just been rated ‘Outstanding’ by NHS England. This event is an opportunity for us to showcase some of our work which is helping to make a difference to the lives of so many patients.

“The event is very much for local communities and for them to get involved in their local health service.”

Anyone who would like to ask specific questions at the AGM is asked to email them ahead of the event to communications.eastberksccgs@nhs.net.

For more information, visit the Annual Report and AGM webpage.

The CCG hopes to stream the event live on Facebook at www.facebook.com/eastberkshirecollaborativeccgs.

The CCG will also be tweeting throughout the event from @BandA_CCG. If you are unable to attend the event but would like to submit a question, please use #askBandACCG.

Note to editors:

Although we will be making photographs and updates available post event, we would welcome your reporter or photographer on the day. Please confirm their attendance in advance by emailing anamika.bansal@nhs.net