Wiltshire Pharmacy Opening Times for the August Bank Holiday

Opening times for your local pharmacy services on Bank Holiday Monday (26 August) are available below.
The pharmacies listed should be open on the dates as shown, the details are correct at the time published but are subject to change. You are advised to contact the pharmacy before attending to ensure they are open and have the medication you require.
 
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Have you or someone you care for, recently left hospital?

The Local Government Association (LGA) is reviewing how health and care services in Bath and North East Somerset and Wiltshire are working together to support people when they leave hospital.

The LGA want to know what is and isn’t working well, so they can support health and care services and commissioners to identify what improvements need to be made in future.

Bath and North East Somerset CCG and Wiltshire CCG are helping the LGA to gather information on people’s experience on leaving hospital.

We would like to hear from you if –

  • you live in Bath and North East Somerset or Wiltshire and
  • you or the person you care for has had a stay in hospital while having treatment or recovering and left hospital within the last year.

 To share your experiences and views you can:

  •  Fill in our survey online or print out the survey form, fill it in and send it back to us. The survey closes on Monday 2 September 2019.
  •  Email yourvoice@nhs.net with anything you would like to say or call 01225 831 861.
  •  Take part in a group discussion at St Martins Hospital, Bath on Monday 23 September 2019. If you would like to join the group discussion, please email yourvoice@nhs.net or call 01225 831 861 to find out more.

Families encouraged to #wearitwell over the summer holidays

Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group is encouraging families in Wiltshire to #wearitwell and share photos of their summer holiday fun in the sun as a way of reminding others about the importance of sun protection.

The campaign aims to get people in Wiltshire to share the important health guidance from NHS England and NHS Improvement’s Cover Up Mate campaign amongst their friends and families by putting the guidance into practice and uploading their photographic evidence to Twitter using the hashtags #wearitwell and #coverupmate.

Dr Richard Sandford-Hill, GP at Market Lavington Surgery and Chair of Wiltshire CCG, explains:
“Each year we remind people about the importance of covering up in sun, but this year we thought we’d get the people of Wiltshire involved in helping to spread the health advice too!
“Getting sunburnt just once every two years can triple your risk of melanoma skin cancer, so it’s important that we make sure we take the necessary steps to be able to enjoy the sun safely and to prevent ourselves from sunburn. “Many people are unaware that you can still burn if it’s cloudy or overcast and while sunburn is usually short-lived and mild, it’s important to take precautions to avoid it because it can increase your chances of developing skin cancer later in life.”

How to protect yourself from sunburn

  • Cover up when you are out in the sun – wear loose clothing and a wide-brimmed hat to protect as much skin as possible and protect your eyes with sunglasses that block at least 99% of UV light.
  • Use a sun cream with an SPF of 30 or higher and at least 4-star UVA protection and reapply every two hours and after swimming.
  • Seek shade and limit your direct exposure to the sun, especially between 11am and 3pm when UV rays are at their strongest.
  • Avoid tanning beds and sunlamps – both cause serious long-term damage and contribute to skin cancer.

What to do if you have sunburn

  • Treat minor sunburn at home by cooling the skin down by having a cool bath or shower. Then apply soothing aftersun or calamine lotion
  • Drink plenty of fluids to help cool you down and prevent you from getting dehydrated. Painkillers such as ibuprofen or paracetamol will help relieve any pain.
  • Visit your pharmacist for advice on treatment to reduce your symptoms and reduce any inflammation.

If you start to feel unwell or have any concerns about your sunburn, particularly if you are burnt over a large area, have blistering or swelling of the skin, chills, dizziness, sickness or a high temperature of 38c or above, call NHS 111 – they are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

If you notice any changes to your skin after being out in the sun, including a new mole, growth or lump or you have any moles or freckles that have changed in size, shape or colour, you should go and get them seen by your GP. Skin cancer is much easier to treat if it’s found early.

In the UK 86% of cases of melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, could be prevented through enjoying the sun safely.

Find out more: http://www.wiltshireccg.nhs.uk/our-campaigns/wear-it-well-wiltshire

Health and care leaders in Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire will be listening to views put forward by local residents as they draw up plans for the future.

Over 2000 people across the region have passed on their views about improving health and care services by answering questionnaires and attending events organised by local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and independent health champion Healthwatch.

Members of the public were invited to share their views as part of the Our Health Our Future campaign, organised by local CCGs, and the Healthwatch  #Whatwouldyoudo? campaign. The results of the Healthwatch survey have been published online.

The Healthwatch survey showed local people would like to see improved use of technology for booking appointments, more help for people to lead healthier lifestyles, shorter waiting times for access to GP appointments and for health professionals to have a better understanding of long-term health conditions such as autism.

The Our Health Our Future campaign closed on 31 July and collected responses from around 1600 people across Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire. Results from the survey will now be analysed by an independent researcher and will be shared with the public in the autumn.

Views collected from both campaigns will be used by health leaders as they draw up a plan for how health and care services across the region will be organised over the next five years

Dr Ian Orpen, Chair of the BaNES, Swindon and Wiltshire Clinical Board, said:
“We’d like to thank everyone who took the time to fill in the surveys and speak to us at events across the region over the past few weeks. “It’s clear that local people have strong views about how heath and care services should be organised in the future. We will listen to them and make sure we address their concerns as we draw up plans for how we organise services over the coming years.”
Carol Willis, Manager at Healthwatch Swindon said:
“The Government is investing an additional £20 billion a year until 2023 in the NHS to implement the vision laid out in the NHS Long Term Plan. We were asked to help find out what local people thought was the best way for the NHS in Bath & North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire to invest in the right services as part of this plan. “It was wonderful to listen to so many people keen to make a difference to our local NHS. These views are all in the report and we will now monitor how the local NHS responds.”