Where to go if you need medical help over Christmas and New Year

To help you access the right health service for your needs, we’ve provided information about the services available and what they offer so that you can make the best choice for you and your family. 

Using the right health services is not only good for you, but helps the NHS as a whole by making sure resources are used in the right way. 


If you or someone you care for feels unwell over the Christmas and New Year period, you can visit one of the following pharmacies for advice on a range of minor illnesses and injuries such as: colds and flu, sexual health and contraception, sickness and diarrhoea, cuts and grazes, and general health advice.

Boots the Chemist

  • Address: 35-37 Islington High Street, N1 9LH
  • Tel: 020 7837 3430
  • Christmas Day, 25 December 2019 – Closed
  • Boxing Day, 26 December 2019 – 10:00-19:00
  • New Year’s Day, 1 January 2020 - 10:00-19:00

Boots the Chemist

  • Address: 410 Holloway Road, N7 6QA
  • Tel: 020 7607 1056
  • Christmas Day, 25 December 2019 – Closed
  • Boxing Day, 26 December 2019 – 10:00-19:00
  • New Year’s Day, 1 January 2020- 10:00-19:00

Wellcare Pharmacy

  • Address: 552 Holloway Road, N7 6JP
  • Tel: 020 7263 3152
  • Christmas Day, 25 December 2019 – 09:00-21:00
  • Boxing Day, 26 December 2019 – 09:00-21:00
  • New Year’s Day, 1 January 2020 - 09:00-21:00

Rowlands Pharmacy

  • Address: 16 Exmouth Market, EC1R 4QE
  • Tel: 020 7837 2252
  • Christmas Eve, 24 December 2019 – 09:00-18:00
  • New Year’s Eve, 31 December 2019 - 09:00-18:00

For pharmacy opening hours across London, please click here.

NHS 111

If you need medical advice fast but it’s not life threatening then call NHS 111 and a fully trained adviser will be able to advise and suggest the best option for you. 

Depending on the situation, the NHS 111 team can connect you to a nurse, emergency dentist or even a GP, and can arrange face-to-face appointments if they think you need one. NHS 111 advisers can also assess if you need an ambulance and send one immediately if necessary. 

The service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones. For more information, please click here.

GP Services

Islington residents can now access evening and weekend appointments with a GP, nurse or healthcare assistant at one of three GP hubs in the borough.

GP hubs offer the same service as your usual GP and anyone registered with a GP in Islington can book a future or same day appointment. Staffed by experienced GPs and nurses, the service offers assessment and treatment for adults and children with minor injuries and illnesses. The GP or other professional will have access to your medical record to ensure that you receive the best possible care and support.

GP practices will be open as usual apart from the bank holiday days - Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and New Year's Day.

On these three days GP Hub services will be available:

Islington’s GP Hubs will be open all other days are as usual:

  • Monday to Friday: 06:30 – 20:00 at Islington Central Medical Centre, Andover Medical Centre and Ritchie Street Medical Centre
  • Saturday: 08:00 – 20:00 at Islington Central Medical Centre, Andover Medical Centre and Ritchie Street Medical Centre
  • Sunday: 08:00 – 20:00 at Islington Central Medical Centre

For more information please click here.


Self-care is the best choice to treat very minor illnesses and injuries. For colds and flu it is best to rest, keep warm, drink plenty of fluids and take painkillers such as paracetamol, ibuprofen and aspirin.

Dental services

Patients experiencing dental pain are advised to call NHS 111 who will direct your call to the appropriate service.

NHS Services

To find the service you need and book appointments online, you can also visit the NHS website. Type in your postcode to find your nearest health services.


A&E is for life-threatening situations such as a heart attack or stroke and for the care of people who show the symptoms of serious illness or who are badly injured.

In a life-threatening emergency, always dial 999.