Bank holiday pharmacy opening times
- Date:29 Apr 2016
- Category: News
The NHS is busy and you can help! If you need advice this bank holiday weekend there are lots of options.
NHS Choices has lots of help about local services and advice about common illnesses.
Local chemists can also give advice and help direct you to the best medicines to treat them. If you don’t normally pay for your medicines, then you don’t need to pay with Think Pharmacy First in Newcastle and Gateshead – you can get them free and over the counter from your local pharmacist without the need to see your GP.
If you are unsure, phoning NHS 111 can save you time waiting and help you feel better fast. They can help with more urgent, but not life-threatening, matters and, if needed, direct you to out of hours GPs.
Dr Mark Dornan, a local GP and Chair of NHS Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “If you’re not feeling well over the bank holiday weekend, please take some time to consider where you should go to find help.
“Using NHS Choices, 111 or pharmacies takes the pressure off A&E departments in the region, freeing up staff there for real emergencies.”
For information on walk-in centres, urgent care centres or minor injuries units, please visit the NHS Choices website. Patients can type in their postcode on the website to find their nearest services.