These are the South Tyneside pharmacies which are open on New Year's Day

People are being reminded to pick up prescriptions and stock up their medicine cabinets and first aid kits as we prepare to welcome in 2019.

Thursday, 20th December 2018, 3:46 pm
Updated Wednesday, 9th January 2019, 1:49 am
Some pharmacies are open on the holiday days over the festive period.
Some pharmacies are open on the holiday days over the festive period.

Coughs, colds, aches and pains are on the increase, so ensure medicine cabinets and first aid kits are well stocked.

Prescriptions should also be collected in advance of New Year's Day, which is a bank holiday.

Some pharmacies are open on the holiday days over the festive period.

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If you do need a pharmacy on Tuesday, here's where you'll find one:

BOLDON COLLIERY

Asda, North Road, NE35 9AR. Tel: 0191 537 7510.

New Year's Day: 10am-5pm.

Some pharmacies are open on the holiday days over the festive period.

HEBBURN

Ashchem Chemists, Hebburn Health Centre, Campbell Park Road, NE31 2SP. Tel: 0191 483 4371.

New Year's Day: Closed.

SOUTH SHIELDS

Boots, Unit 1, 49-61 King Street, NE33 1DA. Tel: 0191 456 0616.

New Year's Day: Closed.

Asda, Coronation Street, NE33 1AZ. Tel: 0191 275 8030.

New Year's Day: 10am-5pm.

Cleadon Park Pharmacy, Cleadon Park Medical Centre, 10 Prince Edward Road, NE34 8PS. Tel: 0191 456 4158.

New Year's Day: Closed.

Whiteleas Pharmacy, 176 Whiteleas Way, NE34 8HF. Tel: 0191 536 2830.

New Year's Day: Closed.

Pharmacists are an excellent first port of call for advice. They are trained experts who can advise on minor concerns, such as coughs, colds, tummy troubles, teething, and aches and pains, and you don’t have to book an appointment.

Acting quickly helps ensure that illness is nipped in the bud and could also prevent a trip to see the GP over the busy winter period. A pharmacist will always advise you if they think you need to see a doctor.

By talking to your pharmacist first you can get the advice and medicines you need, to get you on the road to recovery, without having to see a doctor. Plus there’s no need to worry about having private conversations at the counter – many pharmacists offer private consultation rooms.

NHS England’s Medical Director for Cumbria and the North East, Professor Chris Gray, said: “Please don’t get sleighed by an illness this festive period.

“Be prepared by stocking up and ordering your prescriptions as soon as you can and please have a healthy and happy Christmas and New Year.”