MEDICAL experts are urging people in South Tyneside to make sure they have a health care action plan during the festive season.
With advice on common illnesses and the best medicines to treat them, visiting the pharmacist can save people time.
It can also help ease the burden on already busy A&E departments and GP surgeries.
Dr Mike Prentice, medical director at NHS England, Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear said: “Your local pharmacy can help you with more than you might think. Pharmacists offer expert, confidential advice and treatment for many minor health problems.”
Many pharmacies will remain open over the Christmas holidays, when other services are often unavailable.
Dr Prentice added: “As most GP surgeries will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, we would also encourage patients to order any medication they need in plenty of time so they have a good supply during the festive period.”
Pharmacy opening hours in the north east can be found by visiting www.keepcalmthiswinter.org.uk/pharmacy-opening.
For information on walk-in centres, urgent care centres or minor injuries units, visit www.nhs.uk.