Patients are being urged to get organised and pick up prescription medicines before the Christmas holidays start and to book appointments on days within the holidays when the surgeries are open as usual.

GP services will only be limited on Bank Holidays. On all other regular working days surgeries are open from 8am to 6.30pm as normal. Certain pharmacies are open every day during the festive season including Pimhole Pharmacy on Rochdale Road which is open 11am to 8pm on Christmas Day.

The GP extended working hours service allows for additional GP appointments to be made on weekends, into the evenings until 8pm and even on bank holidays (excluding Christmas Day). Patients are advised of the appointments by their own surgery, the appointments will be at one of our three hub practices across the borough, and may not be with your usual doctor.

December 24th, 27th, 28th and 31st are normal working days so surgeries will be open as normal from 8am until 6.30pm.

Many pharmacies in Bury are open as normal over the festive holidays. Pharmacists offer expert health advice and can recommend over-the-counter medicines to provide relief from the most common illnesses and winter ailments such as colds and headaches, or an upset stomach. Patients are advised to telephone their usual pharmacy before travelling, as opening hours may vary during the holiday period.

Dr. Jeffrey Schryer, Chair of NHS Bury Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and local GP said: “Whilst self-care is generally the best option for minor ailments, it is important that local people know where to go or who to contact if they are unwell, so that they can receive the best possible treatment in the quickest time for their condition.

“Keeping a well-stocked medicine cabinet and a well-prepared first aid kit at home can help   you deal with the most common illnesses and winter ailments, such as colds, sore throats and coughs, and help to treat minor cuts, sprains and bruises, and reduce the risk of infection. A local pharmacist can offer advice and guidance about over-the-counter medicines for help with many of these ailments.”

Where to go for the right medical care:

  • NHS website (http://www.nhs.uk/) for advice on less urgent health needs.
  • 111 for clinical advice, assessment and for direction to the most appropriate services for treatment if you need medical help fast but it is not an emergency. People living in Bury can access urgent medical advice online at: www.111.nhs.uk. This service provides health advice and signposting to urgent care services online, as a convenient digital alternative to using the NHS 111 telephone helpline. After asking you to enter your postcode and symptoms, it will give you tailored advice on how to manage them, and/or generate a call back from a healthcare professional, if required.
  • Pharmacists for those generally feeling unwell or have a winter ailment. For further information on opening times please see the information below:

Pharmacy

Christmas Day

Boxing Day

New Year’s Day

Asda Pharmacy

Pilsworth Road, Bury, BL9 8RS

 

Tel: 0161 351 2510

Closed

9am – 6pm

10am – 5pm

Asda Pharmacy

Riverside Retail Park, Radcliffe, M26 3DA

 

Tel: 0161 724 2510

Closed

9am – 6pm

10am – 5pm

Asda Stores Ltd

Spring Street, Bury, BL9 ORN

 

Tel: 0161 447 8219

Closed

9am – 6pm

10am – 5pm

Boots The Pharmacy

32-36 The Mall, Bury, BL9 0QQ

 

Tel: 0161 764 5264

Closed

10.30am – 4.30pm

Closed

Pimhole Pharmacy

185 Rochdale Road, Bury, BL9 7BB

 

Tel: 0161 761 1011

11am – 8pm

5pm – 10pm

5pm – 10pm

  • GP practices are open as normal 8am – 6.30pm on 24th, 27th, 28th and 31st December. Patients can ask their GP surgery about appointments in the evening, weekends and Bank Holidays (excluding Christmas Day). These are available from 6.30pm – 8pm Monday to Friday and 8am – 6pm at weekends and Bank Holidays (excluding Christmas Day) at one of our three hub practices across the borough.
  • Bury walk-in centre first floor Moorgate Primary Care Centre, 22 Derby Way, Bury, BL9 0NJ is open 7am until 3pm seven days a week.
  • Prestwich walk-in centre Fairfax Road, Prestwich M25 1BT is open 12 noon until 8pm seven days a week.
  • A&E and 999 should only be used in a critical or life threatening situation.