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Did you know that you can get advice on minor ailments from your local community pharmacy or chemist?

Pharmacists are experts in medicines but they are also a great source of help and advice for things like managing long-term conditions or for ailments such as a bad cough, wheezing, a cold or sore throat.

Many pharmacies have longer opening hours than they average GP practice, and they'll also tell you if they think you should see a doctor.

Many also operate a new service called Pharmacy First, a scheme that allows people who receive free prescriptions to go straight to their pharmacist to receive treatment, for selected minor ailments, without needing to visit their GP to get a prescription. Find out more about Pharmacy First here.

Pharmacy opening times Christmas and New Year 2018

The full list of Pharmacy opening times during the festive holiday can be accessed via the downloads section on this page.

Please note: All the opening times and information in the listing is correct at the time of publication (7 December 2018) but may be subject to change. It is advisable to check with your local pharmacies before setting off, and any changes will be posted on the NHS Choices website

Pharmacists are experts in medicines but they are also a great source of help and advice for things like managing long-term conditions or for ailments such as a bad cough, wheezing, a cold or sore throat.

When should I go to a pharmacy?

Minor ailments they can advise on include:

  • Bugs and viruses
  • Minor injuries
  • Tummy troubles
  • Skin conditions
  • Allergies
  • Aches and pains

Services from pharmacies include:

  • Emergency contraception
  • Incontinence supplies
  • Pregnancy testing
  • Stop smoking services

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