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Easter Bank Holiday Opening Hours 2019

Thursday 18th April  Normal Opening Times

Friday 19th April  Closed 

(Good Friday)

Saturday 20th April Closed

Sunday 21st April  Closed

Monday 22nd April  Closed 

(Easter Monday)

Tuesday 23rd April  Normal Opening Times

Out of Hours

Please call 111 for all medical advice or 999 for emergencies.


Please note hat the last day to order repeat prescriptions before Easter is  Tuesday 16th April.

How to manage your Hay Fever

Hay fever is caused by an allergy to pollen. The symptoms of hay fever are caused when a person has an allergic reaction to pollen. Common hay fever symptoms are:

  • a runny, itchy and/or blocked nose
  • sneezing
  • itchy eyes

Pollen is a fine powder released by plants as part of their reproductive cycle. Pollen contains proteins that can cause the nose, eyes, throat and sinuses to become swollen, irritated and inflamed.

How to treat hay fever

Many hay fever symptoms can be controlled with over-the-counter medication at your local pharmacy.

  • Steroid nasal sprayshelp to prevent or reduce inflammation in the lining of the nose and some can help to relieve watery eyes.
    Available from your local pharmacy.
  • Antihistamineshelp to relieve a runny nose, sneezing, itching and watery eyes. Some types of antihistamines make you drowsy and are best taken before bed. Newer antihistamines are less likely to make you drowsy and are a common choice for children and people with milder or occasional symptoms of hay fever.
    Available from your local pharmacy.
  • Decongestant nasal sprays and tabletsare used to unblock the nose. They should never be taken for more than a few days at a time.
    Available from your local pharmacy.
  • Eye dropscan be used to treat itchy or watery eyes.
    Available from your local pharmacy.

If none of the above treatments are effective for you, please book a routine telephone appointment to discuss other treatments.

How can I treat my hay fever?

 You have been given this leaflet because you have asked for hay fever treatment that you can get “over the counter” (OTC) from pharmacies, supermarkets and some other shops.

After a local and national public consultation on OTC medicines, we do not prescribe simple hay fever treatment anymore. Hay fever is a common allergy and most people with mild to moderate symptoms are able to treat themselves with OTC medicines.

For children in full-time education and for people that receive benefits that allow them to have free prescriptions, your pharmacy can supply some medicines free of charge through the local minor ailments service (MK Pharmacy First). Speak to a member of the pharmacy team for more information.   Your pharmacist is a great source of advice, whether you use the MK Pharmacy First scheme or buy your medicines over the counter

Below are some tips to help reduce your symptoms.

Keep house and car windows closed, especially when the pollen count is high (early morning between 7am to 9am and evenings between 5pm and 7pm).

  • Avoid large grassy areas, woodland, cutting the grass, pollutants and car fumes.
  • Wear wrap-around sunglasses.
  • When you get in from outside wash your hands, face, hair, rinse your eyes and change your clothes.
  • If possible stay indoors when the pollen count is high.
  • Use petroleum jelly inside your nose to trap any pollen.
  • Keep your house clean and wear a mask and glasses when doing house work.
  • Don’t dry washing outside to avoid pollen sticking to your clothes.
  • You could buy a pollen filter for the air vents in the car.

  When should I speak/see a GP?

If you are experiencing wheezing, breathlessness or tightness in the chest.

  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • If your symptoms are not relieved by over the counter treatments in combination with measures to reduce your exposure to pollen.

  More information is available at:

Lakes Junior Parkrun

23 children came with their families to run a two lap course of 2km all inside the perimeter fence of the fields. At 9 am they ran/walked and smiled (mostly) their way round –  14 were completely new to Parkrun.

This event will now run every Sunday and it`s free.

The two big needs are:

For children to run and also for volunteers. At the moment some highly motivated volunteers from all over MK  have got this off the ground and will support it for as long as is needed. However, we want to encourage as many locals and parents as possible to become volunteers. It is really well organised and they only volunteer as and when they want to.

Please see this quote from a local resident :

I was never a massive fan of running but I really enjoyed Sunday especially with the kids. Keeping fit is so important and being a part of something like that encourages you to want to improve and continue to do it, I think it’s fantastic for the estate to have it right on our doorstep.”

A  request:

Please could you encourage all the families and children you work, live near or know  to sign up for this wonderful opportunity to get fit, have family fun and enjoy the fresh air together.

To register for a child to run

Email address to volunteer

Parkrun website with the summary of Sunday`s event.

To view the flyer 

Upcoming Cancer Awareness Events

March 2019

‘Cervical Screening Saves Lives’ campaign – Launch 5th March 2019

PHE are launching a new ‘Cervical Screening Saves Lives’ campaign on 5th March 2019. The NHS is supporting the campaign which aims to reverse the downward trend in screening coverage, which is now at a 20-year low.  

 Information on how to get involved and supporting resources can be found on:

 Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month – 1 – 31st March 2019

Information on how to get involved and supporting resources can be found on:

 Prostate Cancer Awareness Month – 1 – 31st March 2019

Information on how to get involved and supporting resources can be found on:

Brain Tumour Awareness Month – 1 – 31st March 2019

Information on how to raise awareness, get involved in campaigns and supporting resources can be found on:

No Smoking Day – Wednesday 13th March 2019

Smoking is the single largest cause of health inequalities and premature death. It is the biggest preventable cause of cancer in the UK and causes at least 15 different types of cancer . 

Information on resources and how to support individuals to stop smoking can be found on:

April 2019

Bowel Cancer Awareness Month – 1 – 30th April 2019

Information on how to get involved and supporting resources can be found on:

Diabetes UK – Milton Keynes group dates

The Milton Keynes group of Diabetes UK meets on the third Thursday of the month at Centrecom Community Centre 602 North Row, Secklow Gate West, MK9 3BJ.

Meetings start at 7.30pm, after tea and a chat to others affected by diabetes from 7pm, and are free. Parking is also free.

January 17th: Update on local Integrated Diabetes Services

February 21st: Let’s talk about food!

March 21st: Let’s talk about Diabetes with Dr Asif Ali Diabetes, consultant.

April 18th: Let’s get us moving!

May 16th:  Let’s talk about eyes: with hospital eye care team.

June 20th: Lets talk about mood.

July 18th: Let’s talk about kidneys with Dr Husham Abuleis, Renal Consultant

For more information call: 01908 661039 / 0796 416 1792, visit or email