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.
Speaking for the Hampshire CCG Partnership*, Dr Andy Whitfield, Clinical Chair of NHS North East Hampshire and Farnham Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “At Christmas and New Year pharmacies operate different opening hours because of the public holidays.
“Because of this it pays to know which pharmacies in your local area will be opening, and when. That way, if anyone in your household runs out of medication, falls ill or suffers an injury, you can go straight to a pharmacy that’s open and you won’t waste precious time travelling from one closed pharmacy to another.”
To see opening hours for pharmacies in the South Eastern Hampshire 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: www.nhs.uk/livewell/pharmacy/pages/yourmedicinecabinet.aspx
You can also seek advice and support by calling NHS111. Only go to Accident & Emergency or call 999 in a genuine emergency.
*The Hampshire CCG Partnership is a formal partnership between Fareham and Gosport CCG, South Eastern Hampshire CCG, North Hampshire CCG and North East Hampshire and Farnham CCG