NHS useful info

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.

Free parking

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.

Help spread the news

Please pass this message on to your colleagues.

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December 28, 2016Permalink Leave a comment

Diary dates

Diary dates




Wednesday    24th                              Mobile Library Bishopstone & Hinton

Sunday           21st     6.00pm      Evensong                                                              St. Swithun’s


Sunday           28th   10.30am      Family  Communion                                                 St. Swithun’s




Thursday          1st    7.30pm       Gardening Society                                                     Uffington

Sunday             4th  10.30am       Family Communion                                                     St. Mary’s

6.00pm       Evensong                                                               St. Swithun’s


Wednesday      7th                         Mobile Library Bishopstone & Hinton

Thursday         8th    7.30pm      WI                                                       Hinton Parva  Village Hall

Saturday        10th                    Flower & Produce Show                              Bishopstone Village Hall

Sunday            11th    8.30am      Holy Communion                                                        St. Mary’s

11.00am       Ashbury Market                                           Ashbury Village Hall


Saturday        17th    9.00am      Wanborough Farmers’ Market                  Wanborough Village Hall

Sunday           18th     6.00pm      Evensong                                                              St. Swithun’s


Wednesday     21st                              Mobile Library Bishopstone & Hinton

Sunday           25th   10.30am      Harvest Thanksgiving Service                                 St. Swithun’s

noon      Harvest Lunch                                         Hinton Parva Village Hall




Sunday             2nd  10.30am       Harvest & Family Service                                          St. Mary’s

6.00pm       Evensong                                                               St. Swithun’s




Thursday       24th    6.00pm       Bishopstone Craft Fair                             Bishopstone Village Hall

August 21, 2016Permalink Leave a comment

New West Berks 47 Bus Service from 25th July (replaces GoRide 90 bus service)

Below is a link to the new West Berkshire #47 bus service that replaces the existing GoRide #90 bus service. The service is a Mon – Sat return bus service on the following route: Swindon -> GW Hospital -> Wanborough -> Bishopstone -> Ashbury -> Lambourn. The timetable is different to the old #90 service so please plan your journeys accordingly.


The new #47 timetable can be found by clicking …here….

Bishopstone heading into the superfast world – An update from SBC

Superfast BB header

Residents of Bishopstone and the surrounding areas will be able to join thousands of other residents and businesses who can receive Superfast Broadband from 1st July 2016.

Andy Greenhalgh from Bishopstone Parish Council joined the Superfast Swindon project team on site at Forty Farm, Bishopstone to inspect progress on the installation of the latest mast.

Fortys Farm Mast

Work begins on the new Bishopstone mast

Andy said “Bishopstone Parish Council is delighted the parish is being moved out of the digital doldrums and into the digital age. Our previous broadband speeds were frequently so poor and unreliable that it was at times unusable. We eagerly look forward to the high speed broadband services being provided by UKB Networks and its resellers.”

UKB and Andy at mast

Andy Greenhalgh (left) from Bishopstone Parish Council discussing the Bishopstone build plan with Graham Currier (UKB Networks Manager)

Please visit our postcode checker at www.superfastswindon.com to check when the service is coming to your area.
The Superfast Swindon team and our resellers will be meeting residents who are interested in the service at a series of events detailed at http://superfastswindon.com/community-engagement/

Copyright © 2016 Swindon Borough Council. All rights reserved.
Swindon Borough Council, Civic Offices, Euclid Street, Swindon, SN1 2JH

Bishopstone Island Clean Up Day, Sun 1st May @ 10:30am

On Sunday 1st May at 10:30am we will be assembling a working party to give the Bishopstone Island it’s spring clean !

We as a community are very fortunate to have such a beautiful and tranquil setting at the heart of our village.

The island is fully owned and managed by the parish and we regularly maintain it.

All volunteers would be most welcome. Please bring whatever tools you have – handsaws, pruners, loppers, strimmers etc etc.