South Tyneside CCG News

Bank holiday pharmacy opening times

Fri 29th April 2016

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Doctors in South Tyneside are encouraging people in the borough to plan their healthcare this bank holiday weekend.

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.

If you don’t normally pay for your medicines, then you don’t need to pay with Think Pharmacy First – you can get them free and over the counter from your local pharmacist without the need to see your GP although you must ask for a ‘minor ailment consultation’.

Dr Matthew Walmsley, a local GP and Chair of NHS South Tyneside 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.

“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 on Monday 2 May when other services are often unavailable. For details, see here.

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