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Christmas SOS: what’s open incase the worst happens

Posted at 6:15 pm, December 24, 2012 in Arts & Entertainment

Christmas survival © Ed Marshall

All that eating, drinking and family can be a dangerous combination. Here’s who to call (probably best give the Ghostbusters a miss)…

CHEMIST
Ones open on Christmas Day include:
Zafash Pharmacy, 233-235 Old Brompton Rd, SW5 0EA (7373 2798), 24 hours; and Bliss Pharmacy, 5-6 Marble Arch, W1H 7EL (7723 6116), 9am-midnight.

DENTIST
Start by ringing your own dentist for the out-of-hours number. If you don’t have a dentist, call Guy’s Hospital Dental Emergency Care Service on 7188 0512.

DOCTOR
If NHS Direct (0845 4647, www.nhs.uk) can’t help, head to one of the NHS walk-in centres that are open over the festive period, which include Charing Cross (8846 1234), Hackney (8510 5342) and Tooting (8700 0505).

EYE CLINIC
Emergency eye clinics: Moorfields, 162 City Rd, EC1V 2PD (helpline 7566 2345); Western Eye Hospital, 171 Marylebone Rd, NW1 5PN (7886 6666).

MENTAL HEALTH
Call the Samaritans for 24-hour help (08457 90 90 90), Mind (0300 123 3393) or Sane (0845 767 8000).

LOCKSMITH
The Master Locksmiths Association can put you in contact with a local locksmith (0800 7831 1498).

PLUMBER
Call Thames Water to report leaks (0800 714614). Leakbusters in north London is also recommended (0800 328 8125). Aqua-Care has a Gas Safe-registered plumber for 24-hour repairs (0800 389 2238).

SECURITY/BURGLARY
Get timer switches for lights (from £8.25 at www.ryness.co.uk). If the worst does happen, call the police on 111 – only dial 999 if you catch thieves in the act. Get windows replaced pronto. Aspect can organise a 24-hour glazier (0844 774 1488, www.aspect.co.uk).

For more festive tips, see timeout.com/christmas.

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