Accessing health services this Christmas and New Year

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As preparations for Christmas continue, one thing we should all prepare for is staying well over the holiday period. On this page you can find details of opening hours for GP practices, pharmacies, dentists and urgent care centres over the festive period.

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Most GP practices will close at their normal time on Friday 24th December and reopen on the morning of Thursday 27th December. They close again at their normal time on Friday 28th December and reopen on the morning of Monday 31st December. They will then be closed on New Year’s Day and reopen on the morning of Wednesday 2nd January. 

Extended GP Access

We are increasing the number of appointments available for you to see a GP in the early mornings, evenings or at weekends across West Leicestershire. Find out more.



Pharmacists are highly trained experts in medicines who can offer you a free consultation to discuss your symptoms, and possible treatment options, for a wide range of minor health conditions

A full list of pharmacy opening hours can be found on a new Help Us Help You winter website set up by local NHS organisations. 

Urgent care


Care will be available for people who need an urgent appointment over the festive period. Urgent care hubs across the region are offering increased access to healthcare at weekends, bank holidays and evenings, including when your own GP practice is closed or unable to find you an appointment. This enables us to maintain the highest standards of care, treating people quicker than ever before, for a range of minor illnesses and injuries.

West Leicestershire residents can access services during the festive period by calling NHS 111 who will direct you to the right care for your symptom i.e. a GP, urgent care centre or selfcare advice. In addition, walk-in services are available at Loughborough Urgent Care Centre which is open 24/7 including bank holidays. Appointments can be made through NHS 111.


People seeking urgent dental care should contact one of the following practices:

  • Dental Access Centre, 10 Nelson Street, Leicester, LE1 7BA
  • Westcotes Dental Practice, 5 Roman Street, Leicester, LE3 0BD
  • Melton Mowbray Dental Practice, 36-38 Nottingham Street, Melton Mowbray, LE13 1NW
  • Oakham Dental Practice, 40A Melton Road, Oakham, Rutland LE15 6AY
  • Loughborough Dental Practice, 40 Leicester Road, Loughborough LE11 2AG

These practices will be providing urgent dental care services, from 8am to 8pm, for patients not receiving regular dental care or when a patient’s practice is closed.