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Christmas and New Year Opening Hours 2017

Day Time
Thurs 21st Dec Normal hours
Last day to order repeat prescriptions
Fri 22nd Dec Normal hours
Sat 23rd Dec CLOSED
Sun 24th Dec CLOSED
Mon 25th Dec CLOSED
Tues 26th Dec CLOSED
Wed 27th Dec Normal hours
Thurs 28th Dec Normal hours
Last day to order repeat prescriptions
Fri 29th Dec Normal hours
Sat 30th Dec CLOSED
Sun 31st Dec CLOSED
Mon 1st Jan CLOSED
Tues 2nd Jan Normal hours

Out of hours

Please call NHS 111 for all medical advice or 999 for emergencies.


Please note the last day to order prescriptions before Christmas is Thursday 21st December and the last day before New Year is Thursday 28th December.

Stay well this Winter

People are being urged to keep an extra special eye on themselves and the people they care for over the winter period so minor illnesses don’t become more serious.

People who are older or have long term conditions may be particularly vulnerable to winter bugs which could become serious and require hospital treatment. Getting help earlier may prevent this from happening.

To make sure winter bugs don’t become more serious:

  • Have your flu jab
  • If you start to feel ill, get help from your pharmacy straight away
  • Keep your home warm, at least 18 degrees
  • Make sure you take any medicines as directed
  • Get any repeat prescriptions filled in advance as many surgeries and pharmacies close over Christmas
  • Keep a supply of cold and flu remedies in the house so you don’t need to go out if the weather is bad
  • If you are prescribed antibiotics finish the course
  • Don’t go to A&E or call 999 unless it’s an emergency. If you are in any doubt, NHS 111 can help you get the right treatment

Further Information

Embracing Self-Care For Life

Self-Care Week is an annual national awareness week that focuses on embedding support for self-care across communities, families and generations. This year’s theme is engaging and empowering people and the strapline is Embracing Self Care for Life.  The week runs from 13 – 19 November 2017.

Self-care for Life:

  • Take care of yourself so you can look after the important people in your life
  • You’re never too young or too old to look after yourself

If you’re GP has contacted you and offered a flu jab take them up on the offer – it’s free because you need it!

  • Q: What do I do if I get flu?
  • A: If you’re otherwise healthy, you can look after yourself at home by resting, keeping warm and drinking plenty of water to avoid dehydration.

If you feel unwell and have a fever, you can take paracetamol or anti-inflammatory medicines such as ibuprofen to lower your temperature and relieve aches.

Stay off work or school until you’re feeling better. For most people, this will take about a week. Call NHS 111 or see your pharmacist if your symptoms get worse or last longer than a week.


  • Your local pharmacist is the health professional on the High Street.
  • For advice on managing your medicines when you have a long term condition, speak to your pharmacist
  • Ask your pharmacist for advice to help you self-care for life
  • Some community pharmacies are open longer, easy to get to and have consultation rooms for private conversations
  • Be prepared the moment illness hits, have a well-stocked medicine cabinet with painkillers and cough and cold remedies.

NHS 111:

Feeling unwell and unsure about whether you can care for yourself? Call 111 for advice, anytime and the call is free.

Over 5000 people in MK used 111 last month. Next time you’re not sure whether you can care for yourself, why not call them? It’s available 24/7 and calls are free!

NHS Choices:

Mental Health:

A healthy mind is just as important as a health body…

  • Connect – social relationships are critical for promoting wellbeing and for acting as a buffer against mental ill health
  • Be active – regular physical activity is associated with lower rates of depression and anxiety across all age groups
  • Take notice – studies have shown that being aware of what is taking place in the present directly enhances your well-being
  • Learn – continued learning through life enhances self-esteem and encourages social interaction and a more active life
  • Give – Participation in social and community life has attracted a lot of attention. Individuals who report a greater interest in helping others are more likely to rate themselves as happy.

Further reading is available at:

CCG’s webpage on self-care:


Diabetes UK, Milton Keynes Local Group Meeting

  • When: Thursday 16th November 2017, 7pm
  • Where: Centrecom Community Centre
    602 North Row/ Secklow Gate West/ Central Milton Keynes MK9 3BJ

Free Parking

Discussion Topic: Tips and ideas for managing the festive period.

Come along from 7pm for a cuppa and chat with other people in Milton Keynes living with diabetes.

Meetings are free to attend and open to all

For More Information, Call: 01908 661039 / 07964 161792

Are you living with Secondary Breast Cancer?

We understand that a diagnosis of secondary breast cancer can be devastating, but we’re here for you. From providing the latest information to meeting people in a similar situation, we offer a space to talk openly about what’s on your mind to help you live with your diagnosis.

Join us in Milton Keynes on the second Monday of the month from 11am.

For more information call us on 0345 077 1893 or email

The Breast Cancer Support Charity

Call free on 0808 800 6000 or visit

Milton Keynes Health Walks

Do you get out of breath doing everyday activities?

Why not join our FREE walking group. Meet new people, enjoy the hidden local parkland of MK and stay active.

The 30 minute walk is led at a gentle pace and is suitable for people suffering from mild lung conditions.

Every Wednesday starting at 10am

Start location: Windmill Hill Golf Centre, Tattenhoe Lane, Bletchley MK3 7RB

For more information please call Richard Hubbard on 07798 686713

View the walking group timetables