Where to go if you need the doctor or a chemist on Christmas Day


OVER the Christmas and New Year holidays there will be a number of changes to regular services.

Here we round up some of the information you need.

Doctors surgeries

All doctors surgeries in Wokingham will be closed on Christmas Day.

However, the NHS Walk-In Centre in Reading’s Broad Street Mall will be open from 8am to 8pm.

The centre can be accessed via an entrance near Burger King in St Mary’s Butts.


All Chemists in Wokingham have varied hours, with all shut on Christmas Day.

On Christmas Eve, many pharmacies keep their regular hours, even when the shops have shut. This means that Tesco’s in Finchampstead Road is open until 10.30pm.

However, if you need to visit a pharmacy on Christmas Day, the only local ones to open will be Duke’s Pharmacy in Duke’s Ride in Crowthorne (from noon to 4.30pm) and the Oxford Road Pharmacy in Reading, which is open from noon to 6pm.

On Christmas Monday, a bank holiday, Asda Lower Earley will open its pharmacy from 11.00am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm.

Running from 10am to 4pm are Sainsbury’s Winnersh, Boots in Wokingham and Lloyds Pharmacy in Woodley.

Morrisons in Woosehill is open from 10am to 5pm and Tesco in Wokingham is 10am to 6pm.

On New Year’s Day, Morrisons in Woosehill is closed, while the other pharmacies keep the same hours as above.

Wokingham Borough Council

The council operates normal working hours on non-festive days.

On Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve its Shute End offices will be closing at 3.30pm.
They will be shut on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, Christmas Monday and New Year’s Day, but an out-of-hours service operates.

The general number for emergencies during the holiday period is (0800) 212 111. Social services emergencies out-of-hours telephone number is (01344) 786 543.

The community mental health team based at The Old Forge in Wokingham will be open until 5pm on Christmas Eve, December 29, 30 and New Year’s Eve. An out-of-hours the mental health urgent care service will be available on (0300) 365 9999.


All Wokingham Borough libraries will be closed on 25, 26, 28 December and New Year’s Day. Finchampstead Library and Maiden Erlegh Library will be closed from Christmas Eve until Saturday, January 2.

During the rest of the festive period the libraries will be open normal branch hours except on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve when they will be closing at 1pm and 4pm respectively.

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