Public told to know their options as 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.
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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.

Healthcare options for this period are available here

As well as hospital emergency departments, which remain open 24 hours a day, some minor injuries units in the region will also be open offering 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.

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.
— Dr Andrew Girdher, Clinical Chair, Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire

A handful of pharmacies across the region will be open on Christmas Day for people in need of 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,
  • Jhoots Pharmacy in Odd Down, which is open between 1pm and 3pm.

The Clinical Commissioning Group’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.

Information on how to treat mild seasonal illnesses, as well as details about NHS 111, can be found at

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