Now we are well in to December and it is the countdown to Christmas, local health experts are advising patients not to leave it too late to order and collect their repeat prescriptions. As many GP practices will have limited opening hours between Christmas and New Year Holidays, patients are advised not to leave it too late to order any repeat prescriptions they may need over the festive period. 

Dr Peter Mack, Clinical Chair of Swindon Clinical Commissioning Group said: “Christmas is the busiest time of year for many of us and at such a busy time of year, other tasks can seem dull and boring. Even so, one thing we should all do is spend a few minutes thinking about our health care by ordering and collecting any repeat prescriptions in good time over the holiday period, and being prepared with a well-stocked medicines cabinet to manage the symptoms of minor conditions such as colds, headaches and indigestion.”

With the bank holidays, practices will be closed for four days from 24 to 27 December, and again for three days from 31 December to 2 January. This means some people may need to order a few days earlier than they normally would – when they have around 10 days' worth of medication left. Please check your supplies at home before ordering your repeat medication and only order what you need so time isn't taken up with dispensing items that you won't use.

Dr Mack adds: “Running out of daily medication over the festive period could have serious consequences for patients who rely on them to control symptoms and manage disease. This is very important as emergency GP services at Christmas should not be used to get emergency supplies of medication. The winter period is one of the busiest times of year for the NHS so picking up a repeat prescription in advance could help keep staff free to deal with life-threatening emergencies.”

With cough, colds, tummy bugs and minor accidents common over Christmas, it is a good idea to ensure you have over-the-counter medicines and first aid items in stock.

Paul Clarke, Pharmaceutical Advisor for the CCG said: “Pharmacies are often open when GP surgeries are closed, including some with limited opening hours on the bank holidays. Pharmacists can offer advice and treatment for many minor health complaints, and avoid the need to visit a doctor for conditions suitable for self-care. Details of Christmas opening times for pharmacies across Swindon can be found here so you can plan to collect your prescription once your GP practice has ordered it, or visit the pharmacy for advice.”

For more information about looking after yourself this winter, visit www.nhs.uk which provides up-to-date and expert advice on a range of illnesses and complaints.

 

If you become unwell over the Christmas break and need medical advice, please call NHS 111, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

 

PHARMACY Christmas Eve - 24th December 2016
(Saturday)
Christmas Day - 25th December 2016
(Sunday)
Boxing Day - 26th December 2016
(Monday)
Bank Holiday - 27th  December 2016
(Tuesday)
New Year's Eve -  31st December 2016
(Saturday)
New Year's Day -  1st January 2017
(Sunday)
Bank Holiday -  2nd January 2017
(Monday)
ASDA Pharmacy
Orbital Shoppping Park,
Thamesdown Drive, Swindon, SN25 4YX
01793 707801
08:00-22:00 CLOSED 09:00-18:00 09:00-18:00 08:00-22:00 10:00-16:00 10:00-18:00
Asda Pharmacy
West Swindon District Centre,
Tewkesbury Way, Swindon, SN5 7DL
01793 758010
07:00-21:00 CLOSED 07:00-23:00 09:00-18:00 07:00-21:00 10:00-16:00 09:00-18:00
Boots The Chemist
Orbital Shopping Park
Thamesdown Drive, Swindon, SN25 4AN
01793 728569
08:30-18:00 CLOSED 08:30-18:00 08:30-18:00 08:30-18:00 10:30-16:30 08:30-18:00
Boots The Chemist
Greenbridge Retail Park, Stratton Rd, Swindon
01793 423838
08:30-18:00 CLOSED 08:30-18:00 08:30-18:00 08:30-18:00 10:30-16:30 08:30-16:30
Boots The Chemist
Brunel Plaza, Swindon, SN1 1LF
01793 695384
08:00-18:00 CLOSED 08:00-17:00 09:00-18:00 08:00-18:00 10:30-16:30 09:00-17:00
Boots The Chemist
35 Wood Street, Swindon SN1 1LF
01793 522941
09:00-17:30 CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED 09:00-17:30 CLOSED CLOSED
Swindon Health Centre (PD) Ltd
Pharmacy Dept, Carfax Street Health
Centre, Swindon, SN1 1ED
01793 616280
10:00-13:00 CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED 10:00-13:00 CLOSED CLOSED
Facechoice Pharmacy
Freshbrook, Swindon, SN5 8LY
01793 870226
09:00-12:00 CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED 09:00-12:00 CLOSED CLOSED
Hawthorn Pharmacy
261 Cricklade Road, Gorse Hill,
Swindon, SN2 1AE
01793 522430
09:00-16:00 10:00-14:00 CLOSED CLOSED 09:00-16:00 CLOSED CLOSED
Highworth Pharmacy
Market Place, Highworth, Swindon
01793 762220
09:00-17:00 CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED 09:00-17:00 CLOSED CLOSED
Homeground Pharmacy
Thames Avenue, Swindon
01793 727866
05:00-20:00 CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED 05:00-20:00 08:00-18:00 CLOSED
RA Jephson
Wroughton Health Centre,
Barrett Way, Swindon
01793 812250
09:00-12:00 CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED 09:00-12:00 CLOSED CLOSED
Lawn Pharmacy
Guildford Avenue, Swindon, SN3 1JE
01793 496093
08:30-12:00 CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED 08:30-12:00 CLOSED CLOSED
Lloyds Pharmacy
St Margarets Chase, Highworth Rd,
Swindon, SN3 4BF
01793 822181
09:00-13:00 CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED 09:00-13:00 CLOSED CLOSED
Lloyds Pharmacy
Clive Parade, Swindon, SN2 1AJ
01793 722097
09:00-17:00 CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED 09:00-17:00 CLOSED CLOSED
Lloyds Pharmacy
Shaw Village Centre, Ramleaze Drive, Swindon
01793 886076
09:00-13:00 CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED 09:00-13:00 CLOSED CLOSED
Lloyds Pharmacy
Moredon Medical Centre,
Swindon, SN2 2JG
01793 535417
09:00-17:30 CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED 09:00-17:30 CLOSED CLOSED
Lloyds Pharmacy
Covingham Square,
Swindon, SN3 5AA
01793 529911
09:00-17:00 CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED 09:00-17:00 CLOSED CLOSED
Lloyds Pharmacy
Abbey Meads, Elstree Way, Swindon
01793 704165
09:00-12:00 CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED 09:00-12:00 CLOSED CLOSED
Lloyds Pharmacy
Royston Road, Park South, Swindon
01793 521379
09:00-17:00 CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED 09:00-17:00 CLOSED CLOSED
Lloyds Pharmacy
16 Clive Parade, Cricklade Road,
Swindon, SN2 1AJ

01793 722097
09:00-17:00 CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED 09:00-17:00 CLOSED CLOSED
Lloyds Pharmacy (within Sainsburys)
Ashworth Road, Bridgemead,
Swindon, SN5 7YH
01793 524272
07:00-22:00 CLOSED 09:00-17:00 09:00-18:00 07:00-22:00 10:00-16:00 09:00-19:00
Lloyds Pharmacy (within Sainsburys)
Stratton St. Margaret,
Swindon, SN3 4EW

01793 831706
07:00-22:00 CLOSED 10:00-16:00 09:00-17:00 07:00-22:00 10:00-16:00 09:00-17:00
Morrisons Pharmacy
Thames Avenue, Haydon Wick
Swindon, SN25 1QQ
01793 705322
09:00-17:00 CLOSED 10:00-16:00 10:00-16:00 09:00-17:00 CLOSED 10:00-16:00
Swindon Pharmacies
Co-op Store, High Street,
Old Town, SN1 3EG
01793 495499
09:00-17:00 CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED 09:00-17:00 CLOSED CLOSED
Rodbourne Pharmacy
167 Rodbourne Road,
Swindon, SN2 2AY
01793 642214
09:00-13:00 CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED 09:00-13:00 CLOSED CLOSED
Rowlands Pharmacy
Kingswood Avenue, Park North,
Swindon, SN1 3EG
01793 527757
09:00-12:00 CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED 09:00-12:00 CLOSED CLOSED
Rowlands Pharmacy
Co-operative Store, High Street,
Old Town, SN1 3EG
01793 495499
09:00-17:00 CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED 09:00-17:00 CLOSED CLOSED
Shrivenham Pharmacy
High Street, Shrivenham
01793 783336
09:00-13:00 CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED 09:00-13:00 CLOSED CLOSED
Sparcells Pharmacy
Midwinter Close, Peatmoor,
Swindon, SN5 5AN
01793 877760
09:00-12:00 10:00-12:00 AND
14:00-16:00
CLOSED CLOSED 09:00-12:00 CLOSED CLOSED
St John Pharmacy
6 St John Road, Swindon SN4 9ED
01793 814388
09:00-12:00 CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED 09:00-12:00 CLOSED CLOSED
Swindon Pharmacy
Hawthorn Medical Centre
May Close, Swindon, SN2 1UU
01793 976363
08:00-22:30 14:00-18:00 CLOSED CLOSED 08:00-22:30 08:00-21:00 CLOSED
Tesco In-Store Pharmacy
Ocotal Way, Swindon, SN1 2EH
01793 461847
08:00-13:00 AND
14:00-19:00
CLOSED CLOSED 09:00-18:00 08:00-13:00 AND
14:00-19:00
CLOSED 09:00-18:00