Examine your options this Christmas and New Year

Examine your options this Christmas and New Year

With everyone in full preparation for festivities over Christmas and New Year, the local NHS in West Lancashire is offering a reminder that health services will be opening at different times over the bank holidays.

Dr John Caine, chair and local GP of NHS West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “Accessing the right health service is important to allow us to deliver the best care that you need. However, at busy times such as Christmas and New Year, it is imperative that everyone thinks carefully about the options open to them. A&E is available for serious illnesses and life-threatening injuries only, so we recommend patients seeking assistance consider the other alternatives below.”

Skelmersdale Walk-in Centre (The Concourse, WN8 6LJ) Tel: 01695 588640
Open weekdays 7am – 10pm and weekends 9am – 5pm except:
Christmas Day: 9am – 5pm
Boxing Day: 9am – 5pm
New Year’s Day: 9am – 5pm

West Lancashire Health Centre (Ormskirk Hospital, L39 2AZ) Tel: 01695 588800
Open 8am – 10pm weekdays and weekends except:
Christmas Day: 9am – 5pm

All pharmacies will be open Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, however closing times may vary. Please contact your local pharmacy for more details.

Fishlocks Chemist (Burscough, L40 4BY) Tel: 01704 894391
Christmas Day: 10am – 1pm
Boxing Day: 10.00am – 4pm
New Year’s Day: 10.00am – 4pm

Asda Pharmacy (Skelmersdale, WN6 6LA) Tel: 01695 567010
Boxing Day: 9am – 6pm
New Year’s Day: 10am – 4pm

Many GPs close over the bank holidays. You can still access the GP out of hours service by dialling your normal practice phone number, which will then be automatically diverted to the out of hours team.

If you need emergency treatment when your dentist is closed for the holidays you can call West Lancashire Health Centre Tel: 01772 777397.

The local NHS in West Lancashire is backing the Examine your Options campaign. Examine your Options reinforces the message that A&E and 999 services are for life-threatening and serious conditions.

To find your local NHS services, go to www.nhs.uk to use the free service finder.