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Your essential guide to Cambridge Christmas and New Year supermarket and doctors’ surgery opening times

If you need to speak to a doctor or dash to the supermarket over the holidays, then we’ve got it covered in our guide to opening times and services.

A child at the supermarket at Christmas (25078885)
A child at the supermarket at Christmas (25078885)

Minor illness or injury

There are a number of minor injury units and urgent treatment centres across the county that can treat a range of minor illnesses and injuries such as sprains and strains, broken bones, minor burns and scalds, minor head and eye injuries, bites and stings.

No appointment required.

Ely MIU, Princess of Wales Hospital, Lynn Road

Monday–Sunday: 8.30am-6pm (X-ray: 9am-4.45pm)

Christmas Day: open 8.30am–6pm (no X-ray)

Boxing Day/New Year’s Day: 8.30-6pm (no X-ray)

Doctors’ surgeries

GP practices will be open on Christmas Eve, December 27 and New Year’s Eve. From January 2, 2020, practices will be open as usual. Pre-bookable evening and weekend GP appointments are also available for residents across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

NHS 111

NHS 111 can help you if you need medical help or advice urgently but it’s not a life-threatening situation. Open 24/7, 365 days a year, NHS 111 connects you to a team of fully trained call advisers who are supported by experienced nurses, paramedics, and GPs.


A number of pharmacies will be open across Cambridge over the Christmas period for anyone seeking medical advice.

Pharmacies can offer expert advice and treatment for a wide range of common conditions.

Cambridge pharmacies open during Christmas include:

Christmas Day

Numark Pharmacy, Cherry Hinton Road – 10am-2pm

Boxing Day

Asda Pharmacy, Beehive Centre, Coldhams Lane – 9am-6pm (shut 1pm-2pm)

Boots, The Grafton centre, Cambridge – 11am-5pm

Boots, 28 Petty Cury, Cambridge – 8am-6pm

Boots, Cambridge Retail Park, Newmarket Road – 9am-6pm

Lloyds Pharmacy, Sainsbury’s, Brooks Road, Cambridge – 9am-5pm

Mental Health

The first response service (FRS) in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough provides those in mental health crisis the opportunity to get access to help quickly, by calling NHS 111 and selecting option 2.


Boxing Day

Asda, Beehive Centre,Coldhams Lane, Cambridge – 9am-6pm

Sainsbury’s Coldhams Lane, Brooks Road, Cambridge – 9am-6pm

Tesco, Viking Way, Bar Hill, Cambridge – 9am-6pm

Tesco, Milton – closed

Morrisons, Broad Street, Great Cambourne – 9am-6pm

New Year’s Day

Asda, Beehive Centre,Coldhams Lane, Cambridge – 10am-5pm

Sainsbury’s Coldhams Lane,Brooks Road, Cambridge – 9am-7pm

Tesco, Viking Way, Bar Hill, Cambridge – 9am-6pm

Tesco, Milton – closed

Morrisons, Broad Street, Great Cambourne – 9am-6pm

Bin collections

Let's face it: your recycling bin is going to be full up
Let's face it: your recycling bin is going to be full up

South Cambridgeshire and Cambridge residents are being asked to double-check their bin collection dates during the festive period.

Collections continue as normal up to and including Christmas eve and collections from Christmas Day to Friday, January 10 will all be at least one day later than usual.

Date of usual collection - Revised collection date

Monday, December 23 - no change

Tuesday, December 24 - no change

Wednesday, December 25 - Friday, December 27

Thursday, December 26 - Saturday, December 28

Friday, December 27 - Monday, December 30

Monday, December 30 - Tuesday, December 31

Tuesday, January 31 - Thursday, January 2

Wednesday, January 1 - Friday, January 3

Thursday, January 2 - Saturday, January 4

Friday, January 3 - Monday, January 6

Monday, January 6 - Tuesday, January 7

Tuesday, January 7 - Wednesday, January 8

Wednesday, January 8 - Thursday, January 9

Thursday, January 9 - Friday, January 10

Friday, January 10 - Saturday, January 11

Monday, January 13 - Back to normal

Bin collections across Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire are carried out by the Greater Cambridge Shared Waste Service, a partnership between Cambridge City and South Cambridgeshire District Councils.

Arthur Rank's Christmas tree collection raised £26,500 (24523632)
Arthur Rank's Christmas tree collection raised £26,500 (24523632)

Tree recycling

Anyone who wishes to have their tree taken away for composting should register online at arhc.org.uk/treerecycling where there is the opportunity to give a donation. Registrations close on January 8, 2020 at 1pm. The charity’s helpers then collect the registered trees on January 9, 10 and 11 and take them to the city council’s waste management depot. Collections will take place in these postcodes: CB1, CB2, CB3, CB4, CB5, CB22, CB23 and CB24.

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