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You may be aware that Jeremy Hunt, Health and Social Care secretary, has confirmed a failure of IT dating back to 2009 which resulted in 450,000 women, who were between their 68th and 71st birthday, not being invited to their final breast screening.

NHS England will contact any patients affected by this issue will receive a letter by the end of May.

Those who are aged under 72 will automatically receive an invite for a catch-up screen

– Patients aged between 72 and 79 will also be sent information on how they can request a screening appointment through the national helpline

– All women affected who wish to have a breast screen will receive an appointment before the end of October 2018

– Women who have not received a letter by the end of May can be reassured they have not been affected by the incident

Did you know you can buy remedies for lots of minor ailments from pharmacies and supermarkets and get advice from the pharmacist without an appointment?

These remedies are often cheaper than the cost of a prescription.

For example:

 Cold and flu remedies

 Throat lozenges

 Cough preparations

 Simple pain relief

 Indigestion remedies

If you or one of your family is unwell with one of the these conditions:

Cold, flu, sore throat, cough, indigestion,

Seek advice from your local community pharmacist, instead of making an appointment with your GP.

Details of your local pharmacy and their opening times can be found at:

Remember no appointment is necessary to see a pharmacist.

If the pharmacy is closed, contact NHS 111 by dialling 111.

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