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4th May 2012
NHS Football style referees will be hitting the streets this weekend in towns across Northamptonshire handing out red and yellow cards. However they will not be penalising bad behaviour but reminding people of the health services that are available to them.
To coincide with this weekends FA Cup Final the referees will talk to people in shopping centres and pubs handing out cards reminding them of two quick & convenient sources of urgent medical advice pharmacies and the GP Out of Hours service over the bank holiday and beyond.
Heidi King, Campaign Co-ordinator on behalf of Nene Commissioning, said: ‘Many people don’t realise that your local pharmacy are experts on medicines and can offer medical advice and assistance on a range of issues without the need to see a Doctor. In addition, if you are concerned about someone's health this weekend you can call a GP to get quick and convenient medical advice when your GP surgery is shut and save yourself a trip into A&E.
We are always looking for new ways to talk to the public about health services and we hope the referees will be a fun way to talk to football fans. ’
Pharmacies can provide a range of health services including treatment for minor ailments such as prescription treatments for conjunctivitis, cystitis, impetigo, cough and flu remedies as well as provide the morning after pill.
The GP Out of Hours service is available across Northamptonshire at night, on weekends and bank holidays. As well as offering the core service you would expect from your GP, the can also help treat minor injuries such as cuts, sprains and strains, broken bones (fractures), splinters, bites and stings, infected wounds, minor bumps to the head, minor eye infections, foreign bodies and scratches, minor burns and scalds, and nose injuries. They can be contacted on 03336 664 664.
For more information about the GP Out of Hours service and to find your local pharmacy visit www.askyourself.org.uk.
The referees will be in Daventry, Kettering, Northampton, Towcester and Wellingborough between 13:00-17:00 on Saturday 5 May.