Pharmacies open in North Ayrshire over the Christmas holidays

With GP practices closing on Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 December, North Ayrshire residents are being urged to prepare to cope with any common health concerns, as GP practices will be closed for four days in total.

Community pharmacists can answer questions on choosing and using the right medicine and provide easy-to-understand advice on treating everyday ailments such as coughs, colds and flu. NHS 24 also has a number of pharmacists who are able to answer medicine and pharmacy-related questions over the telephone on 111. In addition, NHS inform has valuable advice on preparing for winter – visit and click on ‘Be health-wise this winter’.

Gail Caldwell, Director of Pharmacy, explains: “You can do a number of things to make sure you are prepared to deal with common illnesses for the coming months. Have a sufficient supply of medicines like paracetamol, sore throat and cough remedies, as these will help to relieve the symptoms of common ailments.

“If you take regular medication, you should check your existing supplies and only order what you need to ensure you have enough to see you through the holiday weekend. It is also a good idea to make sure you know when your local GP practice and community pharmacy are closed.”

Your community pharmacist can:

  • prescribe medication for you following a consultation, if you qualify for the Minor Ailments Service;
  • give you advice on the best way to take your medicines;
  • treat many women from age 16 to 64 for urinary tract infections under the Pharmacy First service (where they meet certain criteria);
  • treat many patients from two years of age for impetigo under the Pharmacy First service (where they meet certain criteria);
  • provide your repeat prescriptions when your GP is not available (under certain circumstances):
  • give women advice and supply emergency hormonal contraception;
  • dispense prescriptions;
  • give advice on diet and exercise;
  • give advice, support and where appropriate, prescribe nicotine replacement therapy to those giving up smoking;
  • hold records of your medicines to ensure that the safety of any future medication is checked;
  • provide a private area to discuss sensitive issues; and
  • give you advice over the telephone.

Many pharmacies also offer:

  • advice on travel health;
  • pregnancy testing;
  • collection and delivery of prescriptions;
  • supervised methadone supply; and
  • needle exchange.

Over Christmas, when GP practices are closed, you can still get advice from a community pharmacist or NHS 24.  

Sunday 24 December 2017

All pharmacies will be closed as normal, except:

  • Boots, 1 Fullarton Square, Irvine – open 8am to 5.30pm
  • Superdrug, 6B Aitken Street, Largs – open 11am to 5pm
  • Halliday Pharmacy, 5 Aitken Street, Largs – open 10am to 3pm
  • Boots, 77 Dockhead Street, Saltcoats – open 10am to 5pm

 Monday 25 December 2017

All pharmacies will be closed, except:

  • Boots, 9 Lower Vennel, Irvine – open 12noon to 2pm
  • Dreghorn Pharmacy, 20 Main Street, Dreghorn – open 2pm to 4pm

 Tuesday 26 December 2017

All pharmacies will be closed, except:

  • Boots, 1 Fullarton Square, Irvine – open 10am to 5pm
  • Boots, 2A Dalry Road, Kilbirnie – open 9am to 1pm
  • Morrisons Pharmacy, 4 Irvine Road, Largs – open 10am to 4pm

Going to the correct healthcare provider means you will be seen quicker and more efficiently. If you need a doctor or dentist and it cannot wait until your GP or dental surgery is open, call NHS 24 on 111.