Patients are being urged to get organised and pick up prescription medicines before the Christmas holidays start and to book appointments on days within the holidays when the surgeries are open as usual.

Only on weekends and bank holidays are GP services limited. On all other days surgeries are open from 8am to 6.30pm as normal. Certain pharmacies are open every day during the festive season including Pimhole Pharmacy on Rochdale Road which is open 10am to 10pm on Christmas Day.

The extended working hours project allows for additional GP appointments to be made on weekends, into the evenings until 8pm and even on bank holidays. Patients are advised of the appointments by their own surgery, but the appointments may be at one of our three practices and not with your usual doctor.

December 27th, 28th and 29th are normal working days so surgeries will be open as normal from 8am until 6.30pm.

Many pharmacies in Bury are open as normal over the festive holidays. Pharmacists offer expert health advice and recommend over-the-counter medicines that offer relief from the most common illnesses and winter ailments such as colds, headaches, cuts or an upset stomach. Patients are advised to telephone their usual pharmacy before travelling, as opening hours may vary during the holiday period.

Dr. Kiran Patel, Chair of NHS Bury Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and local GP said: “Whilst self care is generally the best option for minor ailments, it is important that local people know where to go or who to contact if they are unwell, so that they can receive the best possible treatment in the quickest time for their condition.”

Where to go for the right medical care:

  • NHS Choices website ( for advice on less urgent health needs.
  • NHS 111 for clinical advice, assessment and for direction to the most appropriate services for treatment if you need medical help fast but it is not an emergency.
  • A&E and 999 for life threatening emergencies.
  • Bury walk-in centre first floor Moorgate Primary Care Centre, 22 Derby Way, Bury, BL9 0NJ is open 7am until 3pm seven days a week.
  • Prestwich walk-in centre Fairfax Road, Prestwich M25 1BT is open 12 noon until 8pm seven days a week.
  • GP practices are open as normal 8am – 6.30pm on 27th, 28th, and 29th December. Patients can ask their GP surgery about appointments in the evening, weekends and Bank Holidays. These are available from 6.30pm – 8pm Monday to Friday and 8am – 6pm at weekends and Bank Holidays at one of our three hub practices across the borough.
  • Pharmacists for those generally feeling unwell or have a winter ailment. For further information on opening times please see the information below:

Christmas Day

Monday 25th December 2017

Boxing Day

Tuesday 26th December 2017

New Year’s Day

Monday 1st January 2018

Pimhole Pharmacy

185 Rochdale Road



Tel: 0161 761 1011

10 am – 10 pm

5 pm – 10 pm

5 pm – 10 pm


Spring Street



Tel: 0161 447 8219


9 am – 6 pm

10 am – 6 pm


Unit 1

Woodfields Retail Park

Peel Way



Tel: 0161 764 2854


8 am – 5 pm



Date: 7th December 2017