Healthcare options over Christmas and New Year

The NHS is reminding residents in Shropshire where they can access expert medical treatment to help them stay well during the Christmas holidays.

Many pharmacies will be open for their normal hours every day through the holiday period except for the bank holidays. Please click here for Shropshire's rota of pharmacy opening hours over the Christmas and New Year 2018/19 period.

GP extended access will mean during the Christmas and New Year period, Shropshire registered patients will have access to GP appointments on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. To book one of these appointments please speak to your GP practice during their normal opening hours. 

All Shropshire GP practices are set to open on Christmas Eve and then reopen as normal on Thursday, December 27th.  GP practices will also open on New Year’s Eve and then reopen as normal from Wednesday, January 2nd 2019. GP surgeries in Shropshire will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. 

If you have a pressing medical need, call NHS 111. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Simply call 111 from your landline or mobile for FREE to access advice and help from a fully trained adviser.

Please be aware that the Walk In Centre (Urgent Care Centre) at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital will be open every day from 8am to 8pm including the bank holidays (Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day) for anyone who needs urgent medical attention if they cannot get an appointment with their own doctor or are not registered with a GP practice. No appointment is necessary.

The Walk In Centre can help with a whole range of symptoms including children with high temperatures, anyone with breathing problems, severe headaches, abdominal pain and painful infections through to mild injuries and burns.

Please do not forget that Accident and Emergency at your local hospital should not be used unless it is for critical or life threatening illness or injury.

For more information on what you can do to stay well this winter, please visit