NHS referees will give people the red card

FA Cup final referee Phil Dowd will not be the only person handing out yellow and red cards this weekend.

To coincide with Liverpool and Chelsea’s clash at Wembley, NHS Northamptonshire is sending its own referees to remind people of the health services available to them.

They will be handing out coloured cards providing tips on who to contact for medical advice over the bank holiday.

Heidi King, head of social marketing, at NHS Milton Keynes and Northamptonshire, said: ‘Many people don’t realise that your local pharmacy are experts on medicines and can offer medical advice and assistance on a range of issues without the need to see a doctor.

“In addition, if you are concerned about someone’s health this weekend you can call a GP to get quick and convenient medical advice when your GP surgery is shut and save yourself a trip into Accident and Emergency.

“We are always looking for new ways to talk to the public about health services and we hope the referees will be a fun way to talk to football fans.”

The NHS representatives will hit the streets of Northamptonshire on Saturday to talk to people in shopping centres and pubs.

They will be in Corby, Kettering and Wellingborough from 1pm to 5pm.

They will be in Corby and Kettering town centre and at Tesco and the surrounding areas in Wellingborough.

Pharmacies can provide a range of health services including treatment for minor ailments and the morning after pill.

The GP Out of Hours service is available across Northamptonshire at night, on weekends and bank holidays.

As well as offering the core service you would expect from your GP, they can also help treat minor injuries such as cuts, sprains and strains, broken bones, splinters, bites and stings, infected wounds, minor bumps to the head, minor eye infections, foreign bodies and scratches, minor burns and scalds, and nose injuries.

They can be contacted on 03336 664 664.

For more information about the GP Out of Hours service and to find your local pharmacy visit: www.askyourself.org.uk.