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Where you can find a pharmacist in the South Tyneside area on August Bank Holiday Monday

Pharmacists can give advice and treatment for a wide range of illnesses and ailments.
Pharmacists can give advice and treatment for a wide range of illnesses and ailments.

People who need medical help over the bank holiday weekend are being urged to make their local pharmacy their first port of call.

People across the North East are being asked to help ease pressure on NHS accident and emergency services over the August bank holiday.

NHS England is keen to ease the pressure on accident and emergency services over the August bank holiday weekend.

Although GP practices are generally closed, pharmacists can give advice or treatment for a wide range of minor illnesses or ailments.

Here's a list of pharmacies which are open in the South Tyneside area on Bank Holiday Monday:

Asda Pharmacy, Coronation Street, South Shields, NE33 1AZ. Tel: 0191 275 8030. Open 9am-6pm.

Asda Pharmacy, North Road, Boldon Colliery, NE35 9AR. Tel: 0191 537 4700. Open 9am-6pm.

Boots Pharmacy, Unit 1, 49-61 King Street, South Shields, NE33 1DA. Tel: 0191 456 0616. Open 10am-2pm.

Morrisons Pharmacy, 20 Viking Precinct, Jarrow, NE32 3LQ. Tel: 0191 489 8534. Open 10am-4pm.

If people need urgent advice for something serious, but are unsure whether to go to A&E, the NHS 111 service provides advice from qualified clinicians, and in some cases can even make a GP appointment direct.

For most people, this will mean quicker treatment than attending an A&E department.