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22 November 2016, 16:09
Hospital bosses at Bedford and Luton & Dunstable Hospitals say they're both extremely busy with very high numbers attending A&E.
The hospitals are also seeing a lot of children at A&E with respiratory problems.
The NHS would like to remind people that they can get health advice (when it’s urgent but not an emergency) by calling 111 where they will be directed to the most appropriate service.
High street pharmacists are also a good first port of call when you feel unwell and can provide treatment and advice for common winter ailments – as well as the flu jab – no appointment needed!
Local family doctors surgeries are available 24/7 – they all have an out of hours service too, or you may be able to get a consultation by phone with a doctor or nurse.
Please keep A&E for serious emergencies.
If you’re not sure – call 111 who will advise you.