Easter is upon us!


Doesn’t time go fast when you are having fun? Amazingly enough, the last time I put pen to paper (or finger to keyboard) for my blog was just after Christmas, and now all of a sudden we’re facing Easter.

I love Easter because to me it really is the start of Spring – green shoots appearing in the hedgerows, and more importantly I can eat my Easter egg with a clear conscience, having abstained from chocolate for the last forty days.

Easter also means a four day break from the normal health services we expect, so as well as thinking about how we’re going to spend our extended leisure time, we also need to think about planning ahead for our health care needs – and for those who may be visiting or for whom we’re looking after.

There are a considerable number of options available to support people if they need medical treatment over the bank holiday. If you take routine medication, have a check to make sure that you have enough to keep you going over the four day period, so that there’s no likelihood of you running out.

So, what routes are open for you to access health care?

For minor health problems, it may be possible to seek advice and treatment from your local pharmacy as many of them are open over the holidays. Sprains, dislocations, minor cuts and burns can be treated at the minor injury units opened in Wiltshire, as well as at the walk-in centre in Salisbury.

We want to ensure that you have access to the help that you need, so if you’re not sure where to go for your health problem, then telephone the NHS 111 service – they will be able to assist you about where to go for advice or treatment nearest to where you live. Remember that if you need urgent medical assistance, call 999 straight away.

Let’s keep the pressures away from hospital A&E departments this Easter period, and use all the other options available to us instead.

For a list of pharmacies open over the Easter Bank holiday, and for the locations and opening times of Minor Injury Units visit www.wiltshireccg.nhs.uk and for information on the walk-in centre in Salisbury visit www.salisburywalkincentre.co.uk

Wishing everyone a very happy, healthy Easter!


Reduced opening hours for Minor Injuries Unit at Chippenham Community Hospital

For three days from Monday 16 March, the Minor Injuries Unit at Chippenham Community Hospital will be operating under reduced opening hours while essential maintenance work is carried out.

On Monday 16, Tuesday 17 and Wednesday 18 March the unit will open one hour later than normal at 8am and close two hours earlier than usual at 11pm.

This is to allow for a new floor to be fitted in the unit, which is currently undergoing refurbishment works.

Jane Ingham, MIU Lead Nurse at Chippenham Community Hospital, said: “The fitting of a new floor is vital to the upgrade of the whole unit.

“We are committed to transforming the Minor Injuries Unit at Chippenham into a modern care environment that will be of benefit to our patients. We apologise for any inconvenience caused during this time.”

Any person needing medical treatment for a minor injury during the affected hours is advised to visit the Minor Injuries Unit at Trowbridge Community Hospital, which is open 24 hours a day.

Medical help and advice is also available from the NHS 111 service.

In case of a medical emergency, people are reminded to call 999 and ask for the ambulance service.