Pharmacies opening over Christmas period

New Year pharmacy times.

New Year pharmacy times.

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Doctors in North Tyneside are encouraging people in the area to plan their healthcare during the festive season.

With advice on common illnesses and the best medicines to treat them, visiting the pharmacist or phoning NHS 111 can save you time in the waiting room and help you feel better fast.

Dr John Matthews, GP and Clinical Chair at NHS North Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “If you’re not feeling well over the Christmas period, please take some time to consider where you should go to find help.

“That could mean getting advice from your local pharmacy, or dialling NHS 111 for more urgent, but not life-threatening, matters.

“Pharmacists offer expert, confidential advice and treatment for many minor health problems.

“And using pharmacies also takes the pressure off A&E departments in the region, freeing up staff there for real emergencies.”

Some pharmacies will remain open over the Christmas holidays, when other services are often unavailable.

Dr Matthews added: “As most GP surgeries will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day we would also encourage patients to order any repeat prescriptions they need in plenty of time so they have a good supply during the festive period.”

On December 26, 27 and 28, extra GP and walk-in appointments are available for North Tyneside residents at Priory Medical Group, Albion Road, North Shields, and Wideopen Medical Centre, Great North Road – phone 111 for details.

The walk-in centres will be open as usual at Battle Hill (8am to 8pm) and Rake Lane (24 hours).

Pharmacy opening hours in North Tyneside can be found on the Stay Well This Winter page at www.northtynesideccg.nhs.uk

​Although the majority of pharmacies will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, the following will be open for some of the time.

Christmas Day:

​Fairmans Pharmacy, 7 Front Street, Monkseaton, Whitley Bay, NE25 8AN – 10am to noon

Boxing Day, Monday, December 28:

​Asda, Whitley Road, Benton, Newcastle, NE12 9SJ – 11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm

Boots, 46 Bedford Street, North Shields, NE29 0SZ – 10am to 4pm

Boots, Unit B4, Silverlink Retail Park, Wallsend, NE29 9ND – 9am to 8pm

Boots, 25 Station Road North, Forest Hall, NE12 7AR – 10am to 3pm

Boots, 6 The Forum, Wallsend, NE28 8JR – 10am to 3pm

Lloyds, Battle Hill Walk-In Centre, Belmont Close, Wallsend, NE28 9DX – 10am to 4pm

Lloyds Pharmacy, 83 Bedford Street, North Shields, NE29 6QF – 10am to 4pm

Morrisons, Hillheads Road, Whitley Bay, NE25 8HY – 9am to 5pm

Morrisons, Collingwood Centre, Preston Grange Estate, North Shields – 9am to 5pm

Morrisons, Lakeshore Development, Killingworth, NE12 6YT – 9am to 5pm

Sainsburys, Newsteads Drive, Whitley Bay, NE25 9EX – 8am to 5pm

Tesco, Norham Road, Chirton, North Shields, NE29 7UJ – 9am to 6pm

New Year’s Day:

Asda, Whitley Road, Benton, Newcastle, NE12 9SJ – 11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm

Silverlink Retail Park, Wallsend, NE28 9ND – 11am to 5pm

Lloyds Pharmacy, Battle Hill Walk-In Centre, Belmont Close, Wallsend, NE28 9DX – 10am to 4pm

Sainsburys, Newsteads Drive, Whitley Bay, NE25 9EX – 10am to 5pm