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PEOPLE are being advised to visit alternative places for healthcare over the Jubilee weekend.

Rather than going straight to A and E, some people could be given help quicker by visiting pharmacists for headaches or walk-in centres for minor cuts or sprains.

The message comes from primary care trust cluster Ship – which covers Portsmouth and Hampshire.

Dr Stuart Ward, medical director, said: ‘With a four day weekend coming up, no-one wants to spend time feeling ill, or sat in a hospital waiting room when you could get quicker, and more appropriate, treatment elsewhere.

‘Don’t underestimate the benefit of a well-stocked first aid kit at home.

‘Painkillers, antiseptic cream, plasters and a few other well-chosen items could be all you need to enjoy the jubilee weekend to the full.

‘Your pharmacist can advise on the best items to keep at home.’

For more information visit hampshire.nhs.uk/local-services/choose-well or portsmouth.nhs.uk/your-health/choosewell.