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Public urged to know their local healthcare options as many pharmacies and GP practices close for long Christmas weekend

Public urged to know their local healthcare options as many pharmacies and GP practices close for long Christmas weekend

Many pharmacies and GP practices across Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire will be closed for four consecutive days over the Christmas period. Due to Boxing Day falling on a Saturday, a substitute bank holiday will be held on Monday 28 December, meaning many pharmacies and GP practices will close at the end of the day on Christmas Eve, and not reopen until Tuesday 29 December.

Health and care professionals in the region have advised members of the public to familiarise themselves with the healthcare options nearest to them that will be open over the long weekend. As well as hospital emergency departments, which remain open 24 hours a day, some minor injuries units in the region will also be open to offer care and treatment.
However, any person wishing to use these facilities is advised to first contact NHS 111, either by phone or online, as doing so will help ensure that people needing help are directed to the most appropriate service. People contacting NHS 111 first will also be given a specific time at which to arrive at either their nearest hospital or minor injuries unit, which will help reduce crowded waiting rooms and ensure those most in need are given priority.
Dr Andrew Girdher, Clinical Chair, Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire, said: “This year, more than ever, has shown us that the NHS never completely shuts down and, as we approach Christmas and New Year, I want people to know that the NHS will continue to be there for them. But we all know that the festive period can be particularly busy for the NHS, and sometimes those small Christmas-related illnesses and injuries, such as upset stomachs, minor burns and sore throats, are best treated at home with medicine that can be bought over the counter.

“To support our busy hospitals and minor injuries units, both of which have reduced capacity to help with social distancing, please always contact NHS 111 before leaving home, as this will mean you are signposted to the service that’s right for you, which in turn ensures staff are able to tend to those most in need. Of course, when it comes to very serious health conditions which could be life-threatening, do not hesitate in phoning 999 straight away.”

A handful of pharmacies across the region will be open on Christmas Day for people in need or urgent medication or quick healthcare advice.  These include Facechoice Pharmacy in Swindon, which is open between 10am and 1pm, Shaunaks Pharmacy in Corsham, which is open between 11am and 1pm, and Jhoots Pharmacy in Odd Down, which is open between 1pm and 3pm.
The CCG’s Prescription Ordering Direct (POD) service, which helps people to arrange repeat prescriptions by phone or email will also be open throughout the festive period, except on weekends and bank holidays. Christmas opening times for all pharmacies in Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire can be found online by visiting at www.bswccg.nhs.uk. Information on how to treat mild seasonal illnesses, as well as details about NHS 111, can be found at www.nhs.uk.

Bath plays starring role in period drama Bridgerton on Christmas Day

Bath plays starring role in period drama Bridgerton on Christmas Day

Bath is set to play a starring role in the new period drama, Bridgerton which premieres on Netflix on Christmas Day. Bridgerton is a witty, romantic, emotional and thoroughly modern take on England’s Regency era. Although the series is set in London, Bath provides the backdrop with scenes from the drama, based on the books of Julia Quinn, filmed… Read More…

Wellbeing Hub supports healthy eating

Wellbeing Hub supports healthy eating

Families across Bath and North East Somerset are being supported to make healthier eating choices thanks to the Community Wellbeing Hub. The hub, which is a collaboration between Bath & North East Somerset Council, Virgin Care and 3SG, was formed in March to provide a range of support to residents during the coronavirus pandemic. Many… Read More…

Council opening hours for Christmas and New Year

Council opening hours for Christmas and New Year

Bath and North East Somerset Council opening times over Christmas and New Year, are as follows: Close at 16:00 on December 23 Close at 16:00 on December 31 Bath Central Library, Keynsham Library and Information Centre and Midsomer Norton Library and Information Centre will be closed on Thursday 24 December to Tuesday 28 December and… Read More…

Changes to wrapping paper recycling this Christmas

Changes to wrapping paper recycling this Christmas

Residents in Bath and North East Somerset are being reminded that wrapping paper cannot be collected for recycling this year because of issues with its ability to be recycled at paper mills. Wrapping paper often has a very high ink content and may contain non-paper additives like glitter and plastics which cannot be recycled. Other… Read More…

Applications still open for council free school meal vouchers for Christmas holidays

Applications still open for council free school meal vouchers for Christmas holidays

Bath & North East Somerset Council has received more than 2,000 applications for its free school meal vouchers and more families are being urged to apply if they haven’t already. More than 1,700 applications have already been processed since the scheme launched on December 8 to provide supermarket vouchers worth £40 to more than 4,000… Read More…

Grant boost to help Somerset’s foodbanks meet Winter demand

Grant boost to help Somerset’s foodbanks meet Winter demand

Extra funding has been made available to support Somerset’s foodbanks which have been playing a vital role throughout the coronavirus pandemic. In order to provide extra support this winter, grants of between £2,000 and £3,000 have been awarded to a number of foodbanks across the county as part of Somerset’s Food Resilience Programme. The Food… Read More…

Council staff step up to support vaccination programme

Council staff step up to support vaccination programme

More than 700 Somerset County Council staff have stepped up to support the enormous challenge of rolling out the county’s biggest ever vaccination programme. SCC has been working alongside many partners to support the creation and logistics behind Somerset’s coronavirus vaccination centres, with more than 700 staff offering to support the NHS in any way… Read More…

Hundreds of people across Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire receive lifesaving coronavirus vaccine at iconic local venues

Hundreds of people across Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire receive lifesaving coronavirus vaccine at iconic local venues

The Steam Museum in Swindon, along with the Corn Exchange in Devizes, took on very different roles this week as the iconic venues played host to hundreds of people eager to receive the lifesaving coronavirus vaccine.  Both venues, as well as Rowden Surgery in Chippenham and Combe Down Surgery near Bath, were transformed into local… Read More…

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