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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.’

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