Urgent care and pharmacy opening times in South Tyneside - where can you get help over New Year?

We’re looking forward to a Happy New Year – but if the worst happens, where can you get help in South Tyneside over the Bank Holiday?

Health services bosses are urging patients not to use accident and emergency services unless really necessary
Health services bosses are urging patients not to use accident and emergency services unless really necessary

With services likely to be stretched, health bosses are urging patients not to waste precious resources.

Helen Ray, Chief Executive of North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust and Co-Chair of the North East and North Cumbria Urgent and Emergency Care Network, said: “We really want people to think about how they are using our precious NHS resources. This is a really busy time of year for us and staff across all parts of the NHS are working incredibly hard so it’s important that we all take responsibility for our actions.

“There is no question that the NHS will always be here for you when you need us most, but we also need your help to act responsibly.”

What can I do to help?

Visit www.111.nhs.uk or call 111 for urgent medical advice before turning up to any frontline services.

Don’t call an ambulance or attend accident and emergency departments or urgent care centres unless you have to.

Extra GP appointments will be available on evenings, weekends and bank holidays. Contact your surgery for help.

Many common winter illnesses can be safely treated with over the counter medication and advice from a pharmacist. See below for which pharmacies are open on New Year’s Day and when.

What if I DO need emergency treatment?

Call 999 as usual in the event of a genuine emergency if you need an ambulance.

If the patient is mobile, Sunderland Royal Hospital and Gateshead’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital’s accident and emergency departments will be open around the clock.

What if I need urgent – but not emergency – treatment?

The Urgent care centre at Pallion Health Centre and the South Tyneside Urgent Care Hub in Harton Lane will be open between 8am and 10pm on New Year’s Day.

Which pharmacies are available and when on New Year’s Day in South Tyneside?

Asda, Coronation Street, South Shields, 10am-5pm.

D L Carter and Son Ltd, Fowler Street, 8pm-10pm.

Morrisons, The Viking Centre, Jarrow, 10am-4pm.