IN PREPARATION for the upcoming public holidays on December 25 & 26 2023 and January 1 & 2 2024 NHS Borders are advising the public to check their repeat prescription and order only what they need, in plenty of time.

On Christmas Day 2023 and New Year's Day 2024 no community pharmacies will be open.

On the December 26 2023 and January 2 2024 some community pharmacies will be open.

Community Pharmacists can provide you with expert advice and treatment for a range of common illnesses and ailments and give advice about your medicines.

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The Public Dental Service clinics at Hawick Dental Centre,  Coldstream Dental Centre, Galashiels Health Centre and Kelso Health Centre will be closed on December 25 & 26 2023 and January 1 & 2  2024.

Emergency dental cover will be provided by contacting NHS24 on 111.

Health Centres & GP Practices

All Health Centres and GP Practices in the Borders will be closed on December 25 & 26 2023 and January 1 & 2 2024.

Practices will be open in between Christmas and New Year, however, please do not attend without an appointment. 

If you need to see your GP, please phone your practice.

Please help us to keep you and our NHS safe by using our services wisely and seeking the right care in the right place.

If you need health advice or treatment for non-life threatening conditions, please call NHS 24 first on 111, day or night.

NHS 24 will assess you by telephone and refer you to the right care at the right place. This could include self-care, community pharmacy or referral into the flow centre at the BGH for a clinical assessment.

This will avoid you having to make any unnecessary trips to hospital, and it also ensures that our specialists in the Emergency Department are available to treat people who require emergency medical care for life-threatening conditions.

If it is an emergency, you should still call 999 as you did before, or come to the Emergency Department, where our team will be able provide you with emergency medical care.

What to do if you have symptoms of Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Please read the following guidance if you have symptoms of Covid-19:

Coronavirus (Covid-19): Guidance for individuals with possible coronavirus infection