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.


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. The following pharmacies will open on the bank holidays:

Fishlocks Chemist (Burscough, L40 4BY) Tel: 01704 894391

Christmas Day: 10am – 1pm
Monday 28 December (bank holiday): 11am – 4pm
New Year’s Day: 11am – 4pm

Asda Pharmacy (Skelmersdale, WN6 6LA) Tel: 01695 567010

Monday 28 December (bank holiday): 9am – 6pm
New Year’s Day: 9am – 6pm

Morrisons In-store Pharmacy (Ormskirk, L39 3RB) Tel: 01695 573289

Monday 28 December (bank holiday): 9am – 5pm


Routine GP appointments will be available 26 to 28 December 2015 and 1 to 3 January 2016, 9am to 5pm. This service is available from either West Lancashire Health Centre or Skelmersdale Walk-in Centre. To make an appointment call 01695 574634.

GP out-of-hours service

If you need to see doctor in the evening or outside of the above hours, GP out of hours services are available; just call 111 and you can speak to a local GP over the phone or face to face if necessary.

NHS 111

When you need medical help or advice fast, but it is not a 999 emergency, you can also call the NHS 111 service.  NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and calls are free from mobiles and landlines.


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

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 listed above.”

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.