Where to go for healthcare this Christmas
Illness and injury rarely take time off at Christmas, but it’s good to know that neither do many of the medical establishments in Swindon and Wiltshire.
Many GP surgeries will close for up to four days from Christmas Eve, meaning local people will need to look elsewhere for alternative healthcare, advice and treatment.
Information on the types of healthcare available throughout Christmas has now been shared with all local media and is also being promoted on the Trust’s website and social media pages.
Dr Guy Rooney, Medical Director, said: “We’re lucky in Swindon to have some really excellent healthcare services available to us at all times of the day, even at Christmas time.
“The Urgent Care Centre and Walk-In Centre at Carfax Street will both be open for business, as will some of the town’s pharmacies for those minor conditions which can be treated with something over the counter.
“One hundred and fifty people attended the Emergency Department on Christmas Day last year and while many would have come to the right place, others could have been seen more quickly elsewhere.”
Tell your friends and family what’s open
The Urgent Care Centre, located next to GWH, will be open 24 hours a day throughout the festive period, with a team of GPs and nurses on hand to care for people who are not emergencies but need to be seen quickly.
Similarly, the Carfax NHS Medical Centre in Swindon town centre will offer its usual walk-in service between 8am and 8pm on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day and between 7am and 8pm on all other days.
With no need for an appointment, the centre is usually the go-to option for common Christmas injuries and illnesses, such as food poisoning, minor burns, cuts and sprains.
People suffering from more serious conditions, including broken bones, severe bleeding, chest pains and breathing difficulties, have been reminded to always call 999 or attend the Emergency Department as soon as possible.
Further afield, the Minor Injury Units in nearby Cirencester and Chippenham will be open on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day between 8am and 11pm and 7am and 11pm respectively.
Any members of staff working at GWH over the next week, along with patients and visitors, will not need to pay for their parking, with entrance barriers staying up on 25 and 26 December, as well as 1 January 2017.