Accessing healthcare in Wiltshire over the Christmas bank holiday
With some health services closing for a few days over the bank holiday, it’s vital that people who need help from NHS services get the advice they need from the right person, in the right place, at the right time.
Ask your pharmacist
Pharmacists are experts in many areas of healthcare and can offer advice on a wide range of long term conditions and common illnesses such as coughs, colds and stomach upsets. You don’t need an appointment to see a pharmacist and many have private consultation areas, so they are a good first port of call if you’re feeling unwell. Your pharmacist will tell you if you need further medical attention.
If your GP surgery is closed and you’re not sure where to go then you should make a free phone call to NHS 111, which is available 24/7. An adviser will ask you questions to assess your symptoms and then give you the advice you need, or direct you to the best service for you in your area.
A&E and 999 are for life threatening emergencies
A&E departments and the ambulance service are for life threatening emergencies such as loss of consciousness, suspected heart attacks, breathing difficulties or severe bleeding that cannot be stopped. A&E is likely to be extremely busy over the holidays with long waiting times, so please call NHS 111 for advice first if you are not sure where to go.
Your local services
Opening times for your local GP and pharmacy services are available below. Please note that these times are subject to change.
Bradford on Avon/Devizes/Melksham/Trowbridge/Warminster/Westbury
Corsham/Calne/Chippenham/Malmesbury/Cricklade/Marlborough/Pewsey/Purton/Royal Wootton Bassett
GP Surgeries opening times