Support your local NHS this Easter

Posted: April 12, 2017

Healthcare options for the Bank Holiday weekend

HealthcareAssistant450 1704As the four-day Easter break approaches, people are reminded to choose well and help their local NHS by using the most appropriate local healthcare service over the Bank Holiday weekend. 

If you need urgent healthcare, but your condition is not critical enough for a trip to the Emergency Department, consider one of the other healthcare services on offer in Swindon.

Many are open late, with the Urgent Care Centre on the Great Western Hospital site being open 24/7 and Swindon Health Centre in Carfax Street being open until 8pm.

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 over the bank holidays. 

"It's important to seek help early on, so please look out for elderly friends, relatives and neighbours and encourage them to seek help early on.

"If they start to feel unwell - even if it's just a cough or cold, then get help from your pharmacist quickly before it gets more serious."

Gill May, Executive Nurse at Swindon Clinical Commissioning Group, said: "We are also encouraging everyone to stock up their medicine cabinets with essentials like plasters, antiseptic cream, paracetamol and indigestion remedies to treat minor illnesses and injuries and to collect repeat prescriptions in time for the Easter break. 

"It's important that we look out for elderly friends, relatives and neighbours too, and encourage them to seek help early.

"Excellent advice on minor illnesses, over-the-counter medicines and urgent repeat prescriptions is available from local pharmacists.

"NHS 111 is also a good first point of call and can offer medical advice over the phone and information on local services 24/7." 

The following services are available for the people of Swindon and Shrivenham:

NHS 111

When you need advice or are unsure of which service is best for you.

Call NHS 111 to access the GP out-of-hours service. 

Children and Young Person's Clinic

For any young person aged between three months and 18 years and in need of an urgent GP appointment. 

Urgent Care Centre

Open 24 hours a day and located at the Great Western Hospital, the Urgent Care Centre offers fast access to a nurse or doctor for non life-threatening illnesses and injuries. 

Swindon Walk-in Centre at Carfax Street

Open between 8am and 8pm, the walk-in centre can provide advice and treatment for minor illnesses and injuries. 

Dental Access Centre

Based at Carfax Street, this service is open at the following times over the Easter weekend:

  • Good Friday: 10am - 1pm
  • Easter Saturday: 10am - 1pm
  • Easter Sunday: 2pm - 5pm
  • Easter Monday: 10am - 1pm

Trowbridge Minor Injury Unit

A walk-in service, open between 7am and 11pm, for minor illnesses and injuries. 

Chippenham Minor Injury Unit

A walk-in service, open between 7am and 11pm, for minor illnesses and injuries. 

Local pharmacies

Information on the pharmacies which are open over the bank holiday can be viewed on Swindon Clinical Commissioning Group's website:  

Online help

The NHS Choices website ( can also help you to find your nearest open pharmacy in the 'Find and Choose Services' section or you can text the word Pharmacy to 64746 to receive three free texts with the name, address and telephone number of the three nearest chemists to where you are at the time.

Most pharmacies post a notice of the nearest outlet open over a bank holiday on their shop front.