NHSBSA Christmas Opening Hours 2018

Notice of Christmas Opening Hours NHSBSA Ophthalmic Team

 Due to the NHSBSA building opening hours over Christmas the Provider Assurance Ophthalmic Team have been required to revise their working hours for the 2018 Christmas period.

The revised times as discussed and agreed with NHS England are as follows:

Christmas Eve – Closed all day

Thursday 27th, Friday 28th and Monday 31st December – Opening hours are 8am till 4pm

Normal hours commence from 2nd January 2019 8am to 4.30pm.

Our website will be updated on the 1st December 2018 to reflect the revised opening hours for the Christmas period.

Any queries please contact Provider Assurance Ophthalmic Team on 0300 330 9403

Linda Ross

Lead Team Manager

Provider Assurance Ophthalmic Team.

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