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When is your local pharmacy open this Christmas and New Year?
05 December 2017

Like most of us, pharmacists will be enjoying a well-earned break over the festive season, meaning it’s best to make sure we have what we need before they close up.

Many pharmacies will close and some will operate special opening hours, over the Christmas period. A small handful will even open up specially for a short time on Christmas Day so that anyone in urgent need of medication or other items can still get hold of them.

Dr Elizabeth Fellows, clinical chair of the NHS Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group Governing Board, said: “Nobody wants to think about being ill or injured over the Christmas and New Year period, but it could happen to any of us so it pays to be prepared.

“If you or someone you care for feels poorly, the last thing you want to do is spend hours traipsing around looking for a pharmacy which is still open during the holidays. To save yourself that hassle, it makes sense to take a minute to make sure you know which of your local pharmacies are open, and when. At the same time, double-check that any medicines you take regularly will last you all the way through until into January, because getting repeat prescriptions at Christmas time can be really difficult.” 

To see opening hours for pharmacies in the Portsmouth CCG area over Christmas and New Year, click here.

Anybody relying on a repeat prescription is urged to arrange it now so that they do not forget, and run out of their medication over the Christmas break.

All local residents are reminded to make sure that they have access to a well-stocked self-care kit at home at all times, particularly over the Christmas and New Year holidays. A good self-care kit can cater for many minor ailments and could mean that a person does not have to seek medical treatment.

For details on what to include in a self-care kit, visit:

You can also seek advice and support by calling NHS111. Only go to Accident & Emergency or call 999 in a genuine emergency.


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