Be prepared for your medical needs over Christmas

Sussex residents are being reminded to stock up on their medicines before the Christmas and to use the right service for their medical needs, freeing up emergency care for those most in need.

Those people that take regular medication should make sure they check they have enough medicine to see them through the holiday period.

Using the alternative services to hospitals and GPs when appropriate, will free up A&E Departments to provide vital care for life-threatening emergencies, meaning doctors can help those in most need swiftly.

Dr Alison Taylor, Medical Director for NHS England in Sussex, said:

While we’re all busy making preparations for the holiday period it’s easy to forget about looking after your health and the health of those close to you, but there are a few simple things you can do to help you to stay well over the festive season.

When you are in the pharmacy, it is also the ideal opportunity to stock up on self-care treatments for conditions like coughs, colds and upset stomachs.

Although local pharmacies may have restricted opening hours over Christmas and New Year, there will be some local pharmacies open each day should you need them.  This year for the first time there will also be some GP practices and pharmacies open on Christmas Day for anyone needing urgent medical help.

Pharmacy opening times in Crowborough on Bank Holidays over Christmas and New Year

Those who take regular medication should make sure they have ordered enough to last through the holiday period or ask their GP practice for a new prescription.


Christmas Day
Tuesday 25th

Boxing Day
Wednesday 26th

New Year’s Day
Tuesday 1st

Boots the Chemist
Beacon Surgery
01892 662127




Chappells Pharmacy
Saxonbury House Surgery
01892 668457

10am – 12noon



Morrisons Pharmacy
Fernbank Centre
01892 664625


10am – 4pm

10am – 4pm

St Denys Pharmacy
Brook Health Centre
01892 667284




Opening times taken from information compiled by NHS England (CrowboroughLife can take no responsibilty for inaccuracies).  Click to download the complete list of pharmacy opening times in East Sussex and a list of pharmacy opening times over Christmas in Kent – you are advised to check with the pharmacy before travelling.  (Full list of pharmacy opening times in South East England.)

Minor Injuries

The walk in service at Minor Injury Units offer assessment and treatment of a wide range of minor injuries in both adults and children.

There is no need to be a registered patient or to make an appointment to use the MIU and it offers easy access to quick treatment close to home from 8am-8pm Monday to Sunday.

Please note the Minor Injuries Unit at Crowborough Hospital is closed on Christmas Day (normal opening hours 8am until 8pm).  (MIU at Uckfield Hospital is however open on Christmas Day).  Click to download a list of conditions they can treat at Crowborough Hospital.  You might also find this article useful: Don’t just go to A&E.

NHS 111

Further information is available from NHS 111 (dial 111) or on the internet at www.nhs.uk. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobiles.