Pharmacy opening times and health advice this Christmas and New Year

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.

 These pharmacies will be open on New Years Day as follows:-

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 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

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: 28 December 2017


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