South Tyneside CCG News

Christmas pharmacy opening times

Mon 21st December 2015

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Doctors in South Tyneside are encouraging people in the borough 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 Matthew Walmsley, GP Chair at NHS South 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 Walmsley 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.”

Pharmacy opening hours in South Tyneside can be found below. 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:
Ashchem Chemists, 96 Boldon Lane, South Shields, NE34 0BY – 5-10pm
Boots, 30 Bede Precinct, Jarrow, NE32 3LN – 3-5pm
Flagg Court Pharmacy, Flagg Court Health Centre, Dale Street, South Shields, NE33 2LS – 10am-12noon

Boxing Day, Monday, December 28:
Asda, North Road, Boldon Colliery, NE35 9AR – 11am-1pm and 2-4pm
Asda, Coronation Street, South Shields, NE33 1AZ – 9am-6pm
Horsley Hill Pharmacy, 60 Horsley Hill Square, South Shields, NE34 6RF – 11am-1pm
Morrisons, 8 Viking Precinct, Jarrow, NE32 3LQ – 9am-5pm
Tesco, Towers Place, Simonside, South Shields, NE34 9QD – 9am-6pm
New Year’s Day:
Asda, North Road, Boldon Colliery, NE35 9AR – 11am-1pm and 2-4pm
Asda, Coronation Street, South Shields, NE33 1AZ – 10am-6pm
Hogg Chemists, 216-220 Westoe Road, South Shields, NE33 3PW – 11am-1pm

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