Normally most of us would be clued-up on what we’d need to do if we or a loved one was ill on a three-day weekend, but thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, things aren’t as clear cut.
As always, for a serious or life-threatening emergency such as a heart attack or stroke, call 999 immediately.
But with GP surgeries across Bedford closed until Tuesday 26 May, anyone feeling unwell and in need of urgent, but not life-threatening, medical help should use the NHS111 online service or call 111.
Some local pharmacies will also be open to provide quick, expert medical advice and recommend the right over-the-counter medication.
Bedford pharmacies open this weekend
- Boots Pharmacy, Unit D Interchange Retail Park, Race Meadows Way, Bedford MK42 7AZ. Open from 10:00-17:00
- Boots Pharmacy, 33-37 Harpur Centre, Bedford, MK40 1TN. Open from 10.00-16.00
- Lloyds Pharmacy, Fairfield Park, 90 Clapham Road, Bedford MK41 7PJ. Open from 09:00-13:00 and 14:00-17:00
- Tesco in-store Pharmacy, Riverfield Drive, Bedford MK41 0SE. Open from 09:00-18:00
- Lindleys Chemist, 15 Ford End Road, Queens Park, Bedford MK40 4JE. Open from 09:00-13:00
- Lloyds Pharmacy, Saxon Centre, Bedford Road, Kempston MK42 8AY. Open from 09:00 – 17:00
What to do if you think you have coronavirus
If you think you or a member of your family have coronavirus don’t go to your GP, hospital or pharmacy.
Instead, check you symptoms at 111.nhs.uk/service/COVID-19 and get advice about what to do next.
The most common symptoms for coronavirus are a high temperature or a new, continuous cough, and loss of smell or taste.
Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Commissioning Collaborative say people should only ring 111 if they are unable to manage their symptoms, have been instructed to do so or do not have access to the internet.
This will allow the NHS111 telephone service to help those who need it most.