If you and yours feel unwell over the festive period there are lots of ways of getting the help and advice you need, when you need it.

We’re urging people to take some time to think about where you should go for care, and to get prepared for whatever winter may bring.

Pharmacies

It’s always worth making sure you have a fully-stocked medicine cabinet to help you deal with any unexpected illness over the festive season. Or consult this handy NHS guide.

Pharmacists can offer brilliant on-the-spot help or advice on common colds and ailments, potentially saving you a visit to the GP. And there are pharmacies open on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day right across Greater Manchester. See the full list below.

Look after yourself

There is a wealth of great healthcare advice online. And the NHS offers a comprehensive app which gives easy to understand guidance on childhood illnesses. It can help you recognise when your child is unwell, and give advice on when and where to seek further treatment.
Child Health App – Google Play
Child Health App – Apple Store

GP services

Don’t forget that December 24th, 27th, 28th and 31st are working days so most surgeries will have appointments available in normal hours.

GP appointments will be available on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day right across Greater Manchester. Contact your own GP practice, call NHS 111 or use NHS 111 online to access the service.

NHS 111 is the place to go for fast advice

If you need medical help and advice quickly, but it isn’t an obvious emergency, dial 111. The service also points people to the most appropriate services for treatment.

People living in Greater Manchester can also access urgent medical advice online at NHS 111 online, 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.

Always dial 999 in an emergency

If it’s an emergency do not hesitate to dial 999 or go to A&E. Services can get very busy over the festive season but the NHS is always here for you when you need it.

Greater Manchester pharmacies open over Christmas and New Year 2018-19

Bolton

Christmas Day: Cohens (Waters Meeting Road, BL1 8SW) 10am-8pm; Deane clinic (Horsfield Street, BL3 4LU) 8am-11pm; Nash pharmacy (Castle Street, BL2 1AD) 12-8pm

Boxing Day: All ASDA pharmacies are open 9am-6pm; Boots (Middlebrook retail park, BL6 6JA) 7am-5pm; Boots (Market Place, BL1 2AL) 11am-5pm; Boots (Crompton Place shopping centre, BL1 1DF) 9am-5pm; Boots (Bolton shopping park, BL3 6DH) 10am-6pm; Cohens (Waters Meeting Road, BL1 8SW) 10am-8pm; Deane clinic (Horsfield Street, BL3 4LU) 8am-11pm; Lloyds pharmacy (Sainsburys, Trinity Street, BL3 6DH) 8am-5pm; Nash Pharmacy (Castle Street, BL2 1AD) 12-8pm

New Year’s Day: All ASDA pharmacies are open 10am-5pm; Boots (Middlebrook retail park, BL6 6JA) 10am-5pm; Cohens (Waters Meeting Road, BL1 8SW) 10am-8pm; Deane clinic (Horsfield Street, BL3 4LU) 8am-11pm; Lloyds pharmacy (Sainsburys, Trinity Street, BL3 6DH) 10am-7pm; Nash Pharmacy (Castle Street, BL2 1AD) 12-8pm

Bury

Christmas Day: Pimhole pharmacy (Rochdale Road, BL9 7BB) 11am-8pm
Boxing Day: All ASDA pharmacies are open 9am-6pm; Boots (The Mall, BL9 0QQ) 10am-4.30pm; Pimhole pharmacy (Rochdale Road, BL9 7BB) 5pm-10pm
New Year’s Day: All ASDA pharmacies are open 10am-5pm and Pimhole pharmacy (Rochdale Road, BL9 7BB) 5pm-10pm

Heywood, Middleton & Rochdale

Christmas Day: Wellfield pharmacy (Wellfield surgery, Oldham Road, OL11 1AD) 10am-4pm and Yorkshire Street pharmacy (Yorkshire Street, OL16 2DW) 4pm-8pm
Boxing Day: ASDA pharmacy (The Old Cricket Ground, OL12 6XT) 9am-6pm; Boots (Market Way Exchange Shopping Centre, OL16 1EA) 9am-5.30pm; Wellfield pharmacy (Wellfield surgery, Oldham Road, OL11 1AD) 9am-7pm
New Year’s Day: ASDA pharmacy (The Old Cricket Ground, OL12 6XT) 10am-5pm and Wellfield pharmacy (Wellfield surgery, Oldham Road, OL11 1AD) 9am-7pm

Manchester

Christmas Day: A&A pharmacy (Wilmslow Road, Rusholme, M14 5AL) 10am-11pm; Cameolord pharmacy (Oxford Street, City Centre) 8am-12am; Everest pharmacy (Withington Road, Whalley Range, M16 8EE) 10am-10pm; Everest pharmacy (Wilbraham Road, Chorlton, M21 9AS) 12pm-4pm; Lloyds pharmacy (Wythenshawe Forum Centre, M22 5RX);
Boxing Day: A&A pharmacy (Wilmslow Road, Rusholme, M14 5AL) 10am-11pm; All ASDA pharmacies are open 9am-6pm, Boots (11-13 Piccadilly, Manchester, M1 1LY) 11am-5pm; Boots (Manchester Fort, Cheetham Hill, M8 8EP) 8am-6pm; Boots (Terminal One airside, Manchester Airport, M90 3HG) 4am-8pm; Boots (Market Street, Manchester, M1 1PL) 8am-8pm; Cameolord pharmacy (Oxford Street, City Centre) 8am-12am; Everest pharmacy (Withington Road, Whalley Range, M16 8EE) 10am-10pm; Everest pharmacy (Wilbraham Road, Chorlton, M21 9AS) 12pm-4pm; Lloyds pharmacy (Sainsburys, Wilmslow Road, Fallowfield) 9am-5pm; Lloyds Pharmacy (Heaton Park Road, Higher Blackley, M9 0QS) 9am-5pm
New Year’s Day: A&A pharmacy (Wilmslow Road, Rusholme, M14 5AL) 10am-11pm; All ASDA pharmacies are open 10am-5pm, Boots (Piccadilly station, Manchester, M1 1LY) 10am-6pm; Boots (Manchester Fort, Cheetham Hill, M8 8EP) 10am-5pm; Boots (Terminal One airside, Manchester Airport, M90 3HG) 4am-8pm; Boots (Market Street, Manchester, M1 1PL) 10am-6pm; Cameolord pharmacy (Oxford Street, City Centre) 8am-12am; Everest pharmacy (Withington Road, Whalley Range, M16 8EE) 10am-10pm; Everest pharmacy (Wilbraham Road, Chorlton, M21 9AS) 12pm-4pm; Lloyds pharmacy (Sainsburys, Wilmslow Road, Fallowfield) 9am-5pm; Lloyds Pharmacy (Heaton Park Road, Higher Blackley, M9 0QS) 9am-5pm

Oldham

Christmas Day: Lloyds pharmacy (Oldham ICC, OL1 1NL) 11am-2pm and Oldham late night pharmacy (Lees Road, OL4 1JW)
Boxing Day: Both ASDA pharmacies are open 9am-6pm; Boots (Town Square shopping centre, OL1 1XD) 8am-5.30pm; Boots (Elk Mill retail park, OL2 5HX) 10am-4pm; Oldham late night pharmacy (Lees Road, OL4 1JW) 2pm-8pm
New Year’s Day: Both ASDA pharmacies are open 10am-5pm; Boots (Elk Mill retail park, OL2 5HX) 11am-5pm; Oldham late night pharmacy (Lees Road, OL4 1JW) 2pm-8pm

Salford

Christmas Day: Newbury pharmacy (Newbury Place health centre, M7 4NX) 10am-1pm and SMS pharmacy (Devonshire Street, M7 4AE) 8am-7pm
Boxing Day: Boots (Ellesmere centre, M28 3ZD) 10am-4pm; Boots (Regent Retail Park, M5 3TP) 9am-6pm; Lloyds pharmacy (Regent Road, M5 4QU) 9am-5pm; Newbury pharmacy (Newbury Place health centre, M7 4NX) 10am-1pm
New Year’s Day: Lloyds pharmacy (Regent Road, M5 4QU) 9am-5pm and Newbury pharmacy (Newbury Place health centre, M7 4NX) 10am-1pm

Stockport

Christmas Day: Cheadle pharmacy (Ashfield Crescent, SK8 1BQ) 8.30am-1pm & 2pm-7pm and Lloyds pharmacy (Wellington Road, SK2 6NW) 11am-1pm
Boxing Day: ASDA pharmacy (Warren Street, SK1 1UA) 9am-6pm; Boots (Merseyway, SK1 1PU) 9.30am-5pm; Cheadle pharmacy (Ashfield Crescent, SK8 1BQ) 8.30am-1pm & 2pm-7pm; Heald Green pharmacy (Finney Lane, Sk8 3QA) 9am-5pm
New Year’s Day: ASDA pharmacy (Warren Street, SK1 1UA) 10am-5pm; Cheadle pharmacy (Ashfield Crescent, SK8 1BQ) 8.30am-1pm & 2pm-7pm; Heald Green pharmacy (Finney Lane, Sk8 3QA) 11am-5pm

Tameside & Glossop

Christmas Day: Ashton PCC pharmacy (Old Street, OL6 7SR) 10am-8pm and Rizwan chemists (Manchester Road, Denton, M34 2AF) 11am-1pm
Boxing Day: Both ASDA pharmacies are open 9am-6pm; Ashton PCC pharmacy (Old Street, OL6 7SR) 10am-8pm; Boots (Crown Park North Retail Park, M34 3LY) 9am-6pm; Boots (Staveleigh Way, OL6 7JL) 10am-4pm; Lloyds pharmacy (Sainsburys, Oldham Street, M34 3SJ) 9am-5pm; Lloyds (Sainsburys, Lord Sheldon Way, OL6 7UB) 9am-5pm
New Year’s Day: Both ASDA pharmacies are open 10am-5pm; Ashton PCC pharmacy (Old Street, OL6 7SR) 10am-8pm; Boots (Crown Park North Retail Park, M34 3LY) 9am-6pm; Lloyds pharmacy (Sainsburys, Oldham Street, M34 3SJ) 9am-5pm; Lloyds (Sainsburys, Lord Sheldon Way, OL6 7UB) 9am-5pm

Trafford

Christmas Day: Timperley pharmacy (Stockport Road, WA15 7UN) 10am-6pm and Conran late night pharmacy (Moorside Road, M41 5SJ) 9am-7pm
Boxing Day: ASDA pharmacy (Trafford Park, M41 7ZA) 9am-6pm; Boots (Trafford Centre, M17 8BD) 7.30am-8pm; Boots (Stretford Arndale; M32 9BD) 10am-4pm; Boots (Eden Square Shopping Centre, M41 0NA) 10am-4pm; Boots (Altrincham Retail Park, WA14 5GR) 9am-6pm; Boots (Stamford Quarter, WA14 1RH) 8.30am-5.30pm; Boots (Trafford Park, M41 7FN) 9am-5pm; Lloyds pharmacy (Sainsburys, Eden Square Shopping Centre, M41 0NA) 9am-5pm; Timperley pharmacy (Stockport Road, WA15 7UN) 10am-6pm and Conran late night pharmacy (Moorside Road, M41 5SJ) 9am-9pm
New Year’s Day: ASDA pharmacy (Trafford Park, M41 7ZA) 10am-5pm; Boots (Trafford Centre, M17 8BD) 12pm-6pm; Boots (Altrincham Retail Park, WA14 5GR) 10am-5pm; Boots (Trafford Park, M41 7FN) 9am-5pm; Lloyds pharmacy (Sainsburys, Eden Square Shopping Centre, M41 0NA) 9am-5pm; Timperley pharmacy (Stockport Road, WA15 7UN) 10am-6pm and Conran late night pharmacy (Moorside Road, M41 5SJ) 9am-7pm

Wigan

Christmas Day: Davina pharmacy (Elliott Street, M29 8FL) 2pm-6pm; George Wilson (Pemberton primary care resource centre, Sherwood Drive, WN5 9QX) 6pm-10pm; J Morris pharmacy (Wigan Road, WN4 9BH) 10am-2pm
Boxing Day: All ASDA pharmacies are open 9am-6pm; Boots (Robin Retail park, WN5 0UH) 8am-6pm; Boots (The Gerard Centre, WN4 9AN) 9.30-5pm; Golborne late night chemist (High Street, WA3 3DA) 6pm-10pm; Lloyds pharmacy (Worthington Way, WN3 6XE) 9am-5pm
New Year’s Day: All ASDA pharmacies are open 10am-5pm; Golborne late night chemist (High Street, WA3 3DA) 6pm-10pm; Lloyds pharmacy (Worthington Way, WN3 6XE) 9am-5pm

 

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