Friday, 19 December 2014

Christmas chemists

With the Christmas holidays looming, NHS Ayrshire & Arran is encouraging locals to make sure they have enough prescription medicine to see them through, and to know which pharmacies will be open during the break.
An NHS spokesperson explained, “Pharmacists can answer questions on choosing and using the right medicine and provide easy-to-understand advice on treating everyday ailments such as coughs, colds and flu.  NHS 24 also has a number of community pharmacists who are able to answer medicine and pharmacy-related questions over the telephone on 111.

“The public can also do a number of things to ensure they are prepared to deal with common illnesses.  Have a sufficient supply of medicines like paracetamol, sore throat and cough remedies, as these will help to relieve the symptoms of common winter ailments.  People who take regular medication should check their existing supplies and only order what they need to ensure they have enough to see them through the holidays.”

Over Christmas, GP practices will be closed for four days from Christmas Day until Monday, December 29th.  

The North Ayrshire chemists open on Christmas Day and Boxing Day are:

Thursday, December 25
• Boots, 9 Lower Vennel, Irvine  (12-noon – 2.00pm).
• LJ Wilson, 20 Main Street, Dreghorn (2.00pm – 4.00pm).

Friday, December 26
• Boots, 1 Fullarton Square, Irvine (10.00am – 5.00pm).
• Superdrug, 6b Aitken Street, Largs (10.00am – 5.00pm).
• Boots, 77 Dockhead Street, Saltcoats (10.00am – 4.00pm).

Normal weekend opening hours will apply for all pharmacies on Saturday, December 27th and Sunday, December 28th.

While GP surgeries are closed, urgent calls can be made to NHS 24 on 111.  The same number should be used for emergency dental treatment.

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