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.

Download our winter flyer which includes details of the Bank Holiday Pharmacy opening times in Basildon, Brentwood, Billericay and Wickford.

 Although the majority of pharmacies will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day, the following will be open for some of the time:

Christmas Day, Monday 25 December 2017

Noak Bridge: Noak Bridge Pharmacy, 147 Coppice Lane, SS15 4JS - 11.30am-2.30pm

Boxing Day, Tuesday 26 December 2017

Basildon: Asda Stores Ltd, Eastgate Shopping Centre, SS14 1JH - 10am-6pm
Basildon: Boots Pharmacy 25 Town Square SS14 1BA  - 8.30am-5.30pm
Basildon: Boots Pharmacy Unit 6B Mayflower Retail Park SS14 3HZ -  8am-6pm
Basildon: Lloyds Pharmacy, Sainsbury's Cricketers Way, SS13 1SA - 10am-4pm
Brentwood: Boots Pharmacy 51 High Street CM14 4RH - 8am-5pm
Brentwood: Lloyds Pharmacy, Sainsbury's, 51 William Hunter Way, CM14 4WQ - 10am-4pm
Billericay: Boots Pharmacy, 64-66 High Street CM12 9BS - 10am-4pm
Wickford: Boots Pharmacy, 16 Willowdale Centre SS12 0RA -  10am-4pm

New Year's Day, Monday 1 January 2018

Basildon: Asda Stores Ltd, Eastgate Shopping Centre, SS141HJ - 10am-6pm
Basildon: Boots Pharmacy, 25 Town Square SS14 1BA - 10am-4pm
Brentwood: Boots Pharmacy 51 High Street CM14 4RH - 10am-4pm
Basildon: Lloyds Pharmacy, Sainsbury's Cricketers Way, SS13 1SA - 10am-4pm
Brentwood: Lloyds Pharmacy, Sainsbury's, 51 William Hunter Way, CM14 4WQ - 10am-4pm
Billericay: Boots Pharmacy, 64-66 High Street CM12 9BS - 10am-4pm
Wickford: Boots Pharmacy, 16 Willowdale Centre SS12 0RA - 10am-4pm

Download Christmas and New Year Pharmacy opening times throughout Essex here

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

Please contact your GP practice or look at their website to check their opening hours for appointments over the Christmas holidays.

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

If you are feeling low, anxious, sad or depressed the following organisations run helplines over the festive period:
Samaritans: Call 116 123 free 24/7
Silver Line (for older people who are feeling isolated): Call 0800 470 80 90 free 24/7
Childline: Call 0800 1111 free 24/7
SANE: Call 08457 678000 (available 12noon-2pm)

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: 11 December 2017

 

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