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Christmas and New Year Arrangements 2017

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Do you know where to go for health advice this Christmas? Local health services are open in your community over the festive break

Most ailments and illnesses, such as coughs, colds, sore throats, aches and pains can be self-treated at home with a well-stocked medicines cabinet. NHS 111 and pharmacists are highly qualified to give advice on a wide range of common health problems and the beat way to treat them. However if your symptoms are severe and won’t go away then there are doctors available to provide advice. 

Choosing the right treatment over the festive period will help you get better quicker and help clinicians to help those in most need of medical attention.

  • Pharmacies

Several Rotherham pharmacies will be open when other health services and shops are closed over the Christmas and New Year holidays if you need advice or to buy over-the-counter medicines because you’re unwell. There will be pharmacies open on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day. Pharmacists are highly qualified to give advice on a wide range of common health problems and the best medicines to treat them. They prescribe from a range of medications so you don't even have to go to your doctor for some things. 

Details of those pharmacies open on Christmas bank holidays, including Christmas Day, can be downloaded here.

  • NHS 111

24 hour helpline, NHS 111, is open throughout Christmas to provide advice when you are feeling ill. Advisors will also arrange out-of-hours appointments with a GP when practices are closed, if you need to be seen.

  • Appointments with a GP

Local GP practices will be open as normal, 8am - 6.30pm, up to Friday 22nd December. They will re-open on Wednesday 27th December through to Friday 29th December 2017. If you urgently need to seen by a doctor on bank holidays (Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day) or when your practice is closed NHS 111 can arrange for an appointment with an out-of-hours doctor or you can visit the Urgent and Emergency Care Centre, if your health need is really urgent. 

Appointments to see a GP are available on Saturdays, 8am to 11am, at hubs across Rotherham covering all the local population. Appointments are also being available on Sundays from 24th December 2017. Patients should speak to a receptionist at their own practice who can book an appointment and advise where to attend. 

22nd December - Normal opening times for all GP practices in Rotherham

23rd and 24th December - Rotherham GP hub open for appointments, 8am -11am, at Broom Lane Medical Centre only 

25th December (Christmas Day) - All GP services closed. Ring NHS 111 for out-of-hours advice and support. 

26th December (Boxing Day) - Rotherham GP hub open for appointments, 8am - 2pm, at Broom Lane Medical Centre only

27th to 29th December - Normal opening times for all GP practices in Rotherham

30th December - Rotherham GP hub open for appointments, 8am -11am, at Broom Lane Medical Centre,  Kimberworth Park Medical Centre and Dinnington Group Practice 

31st December - Rotherham GP hub open for appointments, 8am -11am, at Broom Lane Medical Centre only

1st January - Rotherham GP hub open for appointments, 8am - 2pm, at Broom Lane Medical Centre only