As the four-day Easter break approaches (from Friday 14 until Monday 17 April), Swindon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (GWH) are asking people to Choose Well and help their local NHS by using the most appropriate local healthcare service over the Bank Holiday.

If you need urgent healthcare, but your condition is not critical enough for a trip to the Emergency Department, consider one of the other healthcare services on offer in Swindon. Many are open late, with the Urgent Care Centre on the GWH site being open 24/7 and Swindon Health Centre on Carfax Street being open until 8pm.

 

Gill May, Executive Nurse, Swindon CCG, said: “There are some great services available in Swindon, some open 24/7 or late. We want to make sure people know about them, when to turn to which service, where those services are and when they are open.

 

“We are encouraging everyone to stock up their medicine cabinets with essentials like plasters, antiseptic cream, paracetamol and indigestion remedies to treat minor illnesses and injuries and to collect repeat prescriptions in time for the Easter break.

 

“It’s also important that we look out for elderly friends, relatives and neighbours and encourage them to seek help early. Excellent advice on minor illnesses, over-the-counter medicines and urgent repeat prescriptions is available from local pharmacists. NHS 111 is also a good first point of call and can offer medical advice over the phone and information on local services 24/7.”

 

Dr Guy Rooney, Medical Director at Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: "We're lucky in Swindon to have some really excellent healthcare services available to us at all times of the day, even over the bank holidays. 

 

“It’s important to seek help early on, so please look out for elderly friends, relatives and neighbours and encourage them to seek help early on.

 

“If they start to feel unwell - even if it's just a cough or cold, then get help from your pharmacist quickly before it gets more serious.”


 

The following services are available for the people of Swindon and Shrivenham:

 

NHS 111

 

Call 111 if:

• you need medical help fast but it’s not a 999 emergency

• you think you may need to go to A&E or need another NHS

  urgent care service

• you don’t know who to call or you don’t have a GP to call

• you need health information or reassurance about what to do

  next

NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobiles – dial 111.

 

Out of Hours Service

Call NHS 111 to see a GP out of hours

 

Children and Young Person’s Clinic

The Children’s Clinic is for people aged from 12 weeks to 18 years old, who are unwell and can’t get an urgent GP appointment. The clinic is open from 8am to 8pm, Monday to Sunday, please telephone for an appointment on the day.

Call: 0300 111 0088

 

Urgent Care Centre on the Great Western Hospital site

 

If you need to be seen by a nurse or doctor, the Urgent Care Centre can see you any time of day and night, 365 days a year and access urgent medical care from a dedicated team of nurses.

Great Western Hospital, Swindon, SN3 6BW.

Call: 01793 646 466

 

Swindon Walk in Centre

 

8am – 8pm  7 days a week

No appointment is necessary. Open to patients of any GP practice or those not registered with a GP.

This service is based in Swindon Health Centre, Carfax Street,  SN1 1ED.

 

Dental Access Centre

 

Friday 14 and Saturday 15 April: open from 10:00-13:00

Saturday 16 April: open from 14:00 – 17:00

Sunday 17 April: open from 10:00-13:00

Please telephone 01793 428504 to book an appointment.

This service is based in the Dental Access Centre, Carfax Street, SN1 1ED

 

Trowbridge Minor Injury Unit

Open 7.00am-11.00pm

For minor injuries which are not life threatening and urgent care such as sprains and strains, broken bones and minor burns.

Call 01225 711329.

 

Chippenham Minor Injury Unit

Open every day, 7.00am-11.00pm.

For minor injuries which are not life threatening and urgent care such as sprains and strains, broken bones and minor burns.

 Call 01249 456403.

 

 

 Information on the pharmacies which are open over the bank holiday can be viewed on SCCG’s website: http://www.swindonccg.nhs.uk/index.php/your-health/pharmacies

 

The NHS Choices website www.nhs.uk can also help you to find your nearest open pharmacy in the 'Find and Choose Services' section or you can text the word Pharmacy to 64746 to receive three free texts with the name, address and telephone number of the three nearest chemists to where you are at the time. Most pharmacies post a notice of the nearest outlet open over a bank holiday on their shop front.