With GP practices and many pharmacies closing for the May bank holiday (Monday 7 May), North Ayrshire residents are being urged to prepare to cope with any common health concerns.
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 – visit www.nhsinform.scot.
Gail Caldwell, Director of Pharmacy, explains: “You can do a number of things to make sure you are prepared to deal with common illnesses. 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 or varenicline 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; and
- supervised methadone supply.
Over the May bank holiday, when GP practices are closed, you can still get advice from a community pharmacist or NHS 24.
All pharmacies in North Ayrshire will be closed on Monday 7 May 2018, except:
- Arran Pharmacy, Brodick, Arran – open 9am – 4pm
- Well Pharmacy, 18/20 Main Street, Beith – open 9am – 6pm
- Boots, 1 Fullarton Square, Irvine – open 10am – 5pm
- Lloyds Pharmacy, 151 Main Street, Kilwinning – open 9am – 6pm
- Boots, 42 Main Street, Largs – open 8.30am – 6.15pm
- Superdrug, 6B Aitken Street, Largs – open 8.30am – 5.30pm
- Halliday Pharmacy, 5 Aitken Street, Largs – open 8.30am – 4pm
- Morrison’s Pharmacy, 4 Irvine Road, Largs – open 10am – 4pm
- Cumbrae Pharmacy, 30 Stuart Street, Millport – open 9am – 1pm and 1.30pm – 5.30pm
- Boots, 77 Dockhead Street, Saltcoats – open 9am – 5.30pm
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.