Pharmacy opening times and health advice this Christmas

Doctors in Basildon and Brentwood are encouraging people to plan their healthcare during the festive season.

With advice on common illnesses and the best medicines to treat them, popping along to your local pharmacist at the first sign of illness can help you feel better fast.

Please order and collect any repeat prescriptions in plenty of time – but check your medicine cabinet before ordering and don’t pick up any medication you don’t need.

Although the majority of pharmacies will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and the Bank Holidays on Tuesday 27 December and Monday January 2, the following will be open for some of the time:

Christmas Day, Sunday 25 December 2016

Benfleet: Daynite Pharmacy 261 London Road, Hadleigh SS7 2BN - 09:00 15:00
Chelmsford: Colecross Pharmacy 1 Hylands Parade, Wood Street CM2 8BW -  10:00 15:00
Corringham: Allcures Pharmacy 19 - 21 Lampits Hill SS17 9AA -  10:00 14:00
Great Dunmow: Ropers the Chemist 3-5 High Street CM6 1AB - 11:00 12:00
Harlow: Harlow Pharmacy Wych Elm, Hamstel Road CM20 1QR -  09:00 20:00
Langdon Hills: Great Berry Pharmacy Great Berry Centre, Unit 4, Nightingales SS16 6SA -  10:00-13:00 17:00-20:00
North Weald: North Weald Chemist 48 High Road CM16 6BU -  11:00 13:00
Rayleigh: Hambro pharmacy 53a Hullbridge Road SS6 9NL -  10:00 16:00
South Woodham Ferrers: Govani Chemist 14 Queen Elisabeth Square CM6 1AB -  10:00 12:00

Boxing Day, Monday 26 December 2016

Basildon: Boots Pharmacy 25 Town Square SS14 1BA  - 08:30 17:30
Basildon: Boots Pharmacy Unit 6B Mayflower Retail Park SS14 3HZ -  10:00 17:00
Billericay: Boots Pharmacy 10-11 The Pantiles, Queens Park Avenue CM12 0UA  - 09:00 17:30
Billericay: Boots Pharmacy 64-66 High Street CM12 9BS -  10:00 16:00
Brentwood: Boots Pharmacy 51 High Street CM14 4RH - 08:30 18:00

Bank Holiday, Tuesday 27 December 2016

Basildon: Boots Pharmacy 25 Town Square SS14 1BA -  08:30 17:30
Basildon: Boots Pharmacy Unit 6B Mayflower Retail Park SS14 3HZ -  10:00 17:00
Billericay: Boots Pharmacy 64-66 High Street CM12 9BS -  10:00 16:00
Brentwood: Boots Pharmacy 51 High Street CM14 4RH -  08:30 18:00

Bank Holiday, Monday 2 January 2017

Basildon: Boots Pharmacy 25 Town Square SS14 1BA 08:30 17:30
Basildon: Boots Pharmacy Unit 6B Mayflower Retail Park SS14 3HZ 10:00 17:00
Billericay: Boots Pharmacy 64-66 High Street CM12 9BS 10:00 16:00
Brentwood: Boots Pharmacy 51 High Street CM14 4RH 08:30 18:00
Pitsea: Boots Pharmacy 8 Northlands Pavement SS13 3DU 10:00 16:00

Download our Christmas pharmacy opening hours poster here

Download the full list of Christimas pharmacy opening hours for West, South East and South West Essex here

Download the full list of Christmas pharmacy opening hours for Mid and North East Essex here

NHS 111 is the number to call if you need health advice or support this Christmas.

Dr Arv Guniyangodage, a local GP and Chair of the CCG, said: “No one wants to be poorly at Christmas so at the first sign of illness it’s worth paying a visit to your local pharmacist. If you do become ill over the holiday and you are not sure what health service you need, call the 24-hour NHS helpline – 111 – for advice.”

The NHS Choices website provides a symptom checker and information on how best to treat a wide range of less urgent problems.

Orsett Minor Injuries Unit is open from 10am-7.30pm, Monday to Sunday (Closed at 6.30pm on last Thursday of each month for team meeting. Closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day). For more information see  http://www.nelft.nhs.uk/services-bsbwtk-minor-injuries-unit

We would remind everyone that hospital A&E departments are for serious and life-threatening injuries and conditions only. If you are in any doubt, please call NHS 111 – calls are answered by trained advisors who will assess your symptoms and direct you to the appropriate source of support.

Date: 15 December 2016

 

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