ANYONE unlucky enough to suffer illness and injury this Christmas in north Wiltshire and Swindon can go to the Urgent Care Centre at the GWH.
Many of Swindon’s GP surgeries are closed for several days but the Urgent Care Centre, next to the Great Western Hospital, will be open 24-hours-a-day throughout the festive period, with a team of GPs and nurses on hand to care for people who are not emergencies but need to be seen quickly.
Similarly, the Carfax NHS Medical Centre in Swindon town centre will offer its usual walk-in service between 8am and 8pm on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day and between 7am and 8pm on all other days.
With no need for an appointment, the centre is usually the go-to option for common Christmas injuries and illnesses, such as food poisoning, minor burns, cuts and sprains.
People suffering from more serious conditions, including broken bones, severe bleeding, chest pains and breathing difficulties, should always call 999 or attend the Emergency Department at the Great Western Hospital as soon as possible.
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 at Christmas time.
“The Urgent Care Centre and Walk-In Centre at Carfax Street will both be open for business, as will some of the town’s pharmacies for those minor conditions which can be treated with something over the counter.
“One hundred and fifty people attended the Emergency Department on Christmas Day last year and while many would have come to the right place, others could have been seen more quickly elsewhere.”
Minor Injury Units in Chippenham and Cirencester will be open on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day between 8am and 11pm and 7am and 11pm respectively.
Those making a trip to the Great Western Hospital will not need to pay for their parking, with entrance barriers staying up on Christmas, Boxing and New Year’s days.