Christmas and New Year Pharmacy Opening Hours

Your local pharmacy can help with expert advice for a range of minor ailments.

How your pharmacy can help

As qualified healthcare professionals, they can offer clinical advice and over-the-counter medicines for a range of minor illnesses, such as coughs, colds, sore throats, tummy trouble and aches and pains.

If symptoms suggest it's something more serious, pharmacists have the right training to make sure you get the help you need. For example they will tell you if you need to see a GP, nurse or other healthcare professional.

All pharmacists train for 5 years in the use of medicines. They are also trained in managing minor illnesses and providing health and wellbeing advice.

Many pharmacies are open until late and at weekends. You do not need an appointment.

Most pharmacies have a private consultation room where you can discuss issues with pharmacy staff without being overheard.

More on how your pharmacy can help



Details of the Christmas and New Year Opening Hours

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, changes have been made to how you get medicines and advice from a pharmacy at the moment.

Try to call your pharmacy or contact them online before going in person.

You can order repeat prescriptions online

Do not go to a pharmacy if you have symptoms of COVID-19 (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste).

You may also need to stay at home and not go to a pharmacy if you live with someone who has symptoms. Find out about when to self-isolate and what to do.

You may be able to get your medicines delivered (you may have to pay for this) or ask someone to collect them.

NHS Volunteer Responders can help with collecting medicines and prescriptions. Call 0808 196 3646 (8am to 8pm, every day) to arrange help from a volunteer.

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