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With all the different ways to access medical care, it can be confusing to know where is best to go. This page aims to explain the different NHS services available to you and your family.

 

  • Self-Care

    Most minor illnesses and injuries can be treated at home.

    Keep your medicine cabinet well-stocked with essentials like pain killers, antihistamine, cold and flu remedies, anti-diarrhoea and indigestion medicine. If you have children, make sure you’ve got the right medicines according to their age.

  • Pharmacies

    If you’re suffering from a cold, cuts and grazes or minor illnesses, your Pharmacist will be able to give you remedies, so you don’t have to see a GP or Nurse.

    Your local Pharmacist is a trained expert in medicines who can dispense and advise you on the safe use of prescription, repeat prescription and over-the-counter medicines. Pharmacies are often open until late and at weekends, and many have a quiet area where you can talk to a Pharmacist in private.

    Visit the NHS website to ‘Find a Pharmacy‘ near you.

  • Self-Referral

    There are some services in BLMK where you can ‘self-refer’ by contacting the provider directly.

    The Musculoskeletal (MSK) service

    If you have joint, muscle or bone problems, such as backs, hips, knees, ankles and hands, you can self-refer to the local Musculoskeletal (MSK) service.  They can diagnose and treat your condition with physiotherapy or may refer you to another specialist medical team.

    Your GP can make a referral, or if you live in Bedfordshire or Milton Keynes you can self-refer by visiting:
    Bedfordshire – www.circlehealth.co.uk/integratedcare/msk/phio/
    Milton Keynes – www.connecthealth.co.uk/services/milton-keynes/ or calling 01908 229 432

    Community Urgent Eyecare Services (CUES)

    The Community Urgent Eyecare Service (CUES) provides urgent assessment, and treatment for sudden onset eye problems.   The following symptoms can be treated:

    • Red or painful eye or eyelids
    • Recently occurring flashes and floaters
    • Recent and sudden loss of vision
    • Foreign body in the eye

    This service is not an eye test and does not cover long standing or major eye conditions that are being regularly monitored by your optometrist or hospital eye service. If you’re experiencing contact lens issues, you should discuss these with your Optician.

    The CUES service is open 7 days a week between 08:00 and 20:00, and can be accessed via the following telephone numbers:

    Bedfordshire & Luton Residents: Call: 0800 316 9200

    Milton Keynes Residents: Call: 0333 015 1844

    For more information, please visit www.blmkccg.nhs.uk/community-urgent-eyecare-service-cues/

    Wellbeing Service

    If you are aged over 18 and are experiencing worries, anxieties and stresses or feeling low or depressed from whatever is going on in your life and you’re not your usual self you can refer yourself to a local Wellbeing Service, or if you prefer, go through your GP.  Our local Wellbeing Services provide a range of free and confidential talking therapies and specialist support who will help you to feel better.

    Bedfordshire residents: www.bedfordshirewellbeingservice.nhs.uk or call 01234 880400

    Luton residents – www.totalwellbeingluton.org/home or call 0300 555 4152

    Milton Keynes residents: www.mktalkingtherapies.nhs.uk or call 01908 725099

    Self-help materials including tips, guides, tools and activities are also available on-line  www.nhs.uk/mental-health/self-help/

  • Local GP Services

    In BLMK we have 96 GP practices. If you’ve been unwell for more than 48 hours and need medical help, you can book an appointment with a healthcare professional at your GP practice. When you contact the GP practice, they will direct you to the healthcare professional best suited for your health care needs.

    GP practices provide many ways you can access their services including on-line consultations, telephone, video and face-to-face appointments.

    You can also use the NHS App to access some services available from your GP Practice.

    If you need a routine appointment in the evening or weekend, your practice has the option, where agreed appropriate, to book you an appointment with Extended Access Services.

  • Local NHS Dentists

    A range of dental treatments are available on the NHS such as routine check-ups and scale and polish as well as crowns, abscesses, dentures, orthodontics and root canal treatment.

    If you need urgent dental care, contact your usual dentist if you have one, as some surgeries offer emergency dental appointments. You can also contact NHS 111 who can put you in touch with an urgent dental service.

    To find your nearest NHS Dentist, visit: https://www.nhs.uk/service-search/find-a-dentist

  • NHS 111

    If you have an urgent medical problem and you’re not sure what to do, NHS 111 can help. You can contact the NHS 111 service online at www.111.nhs.uk or you can call 111 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Your symptoms will be assessed and you will be provided with healthcare advice.  This may include:

    • Self-care
    • To visit a Pharmacy
    • To contact your GP Practice
    • To contact an Urgent Treatment or Walk-in Centre
    • To attend A&E

    If needed NHS111 can also send an ambulance or where available can also book appointment times to some services.

    More information explaining NHS 111 is available here.

  • Local Urgent Care Services

    If you are very unwell, but it’s not an emergency, NHS111 can make you an appointment at a local Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC) or you can use a Walk-in Centre (WiC).

    Bedford UTC

    Bedford Hospital

    (Cauldwell Centre)

    Kempston Road

    MK42 9DJ

     

    Putnoe Walk in Centre

    93 Queens Drive

    Putnoe

    Bedford

    MK41 9JE

    Luton UTC

    Town Centre GP Surgery

    14-16 Chapel Street,

    Luton,

    Bedfordshire,

    LU1 2SE

    Milton Keynes UCC

    Milton Keynes Hospital

    Standing Way

    Eaglestone

    Milton Keynes

    MK6 5NG

    Service available:      
    11am – 11pm

    365 days a year

    (Appointments available via NHS 111 if clinically appropriate)

    Monday to Friday

    8am to 2pm

    Weekends and Bank Holidays 8am to 5pm

    365 days year

    Doors close at 6pm daily when access is via NHS 111 appointment only

    Open 24 hours a day

    (Appointments available via NHS 111 if clinically appropriate)

  • Mental Health Crisis

    If you are currently experiencing a mental health crisis or supporting someone in crisis, support is available 24 hours every day for adults, children or young people.

    BLMK Mind Crisis Café (Adults 18+): Call 01525 722225 (5pm to 11pm, 365 days per year)

    Bedfordshire and Luton residents: Call 111 and select option 2.

    Milton Keynes residents: Call 111

    Milton Keynes residents: Call 0800 0234 650 for out- of hours Crisis support

  • Pregnancy and Maternity Services

    Our local hospitals and community midwives provide a range of services to support you through your pregnancy and birth. You can refer yourself directly to maternity services through the hospital website where an online form is available. Alternatively, you can contact a midwife through your GP practice. It is important that you contact the service as soon as you find out you’re pregnant to make sure you get all the information and support you need to have a healthy pregnancy. Your first appointment with a midwife should happen before you’re 10 weeks pregnant.

    If you need to contact the maternity services in an emergency, please call:

    Bedford Hospital triage line: 01234 795805

    Luton and Dunstable Hospital triage line: 01582 502285

    Milton Keynes University Hospital Labour ward: 01908 996471

  • A&E

    999 and A&E are for life threatening conditions or a genuine emergency. If it’s not, please use the alternative options available to you.

    Further information

    For further information please visit www.nhs.uk.

    Download our information leaflet here (Coming soon)

 

To find a service near you visit the NHS website.