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Community pharmacies open in North Ayrshire over the New Year holiday period

Ayrshire and Arran’s community pharmacies can help you battle the winter blues with a healthy dose of good advice.

Community pharmacists can answer questions on choosing and using the right medicine and provide easy-to-understand advice on treating everyday ailments such as coughs, colds and flu. NHS 24 also has a number of community pharmacists who are able to answer medicine and pharmacy-related questions over the telephone on 111.

You can also do a number of things to ensure you are prepared to deal with common illnesses for the coming months. Have a sufficient supply of medicines like paracetamol, sore throat and cough remedies, as these will help to relieve the symptoms of common winter ailments. If you take regular medication, check your existing supplies and only order what you need to ensure you have enough to see you through the weekends, public holidays and holidays away from home.

What your community pharmacist can do

  • If you qualify for the Minor Ailments Service your community pharmacist may prescribe medication for you following a consultation.
  • Give you advice on the best way to take your medicines.
  • Give women advice and supply emergency hormonal contraception.
  • Dispense prescriptions.
  • Give advice on diet and exercise.
  • Give advice, support and where appropriate, prescribe nicotine replacement therapy to those giving up smoking.
  • Hold records of your medicines to ensure that the safety of any future medication is checked.
  • Provide a private area to discuss sensitive issues.
  • Give you advice over the telephone.

Many pharmacies also offer

  • Advice on travel health.
  • Pregnancy testing.
  • Collection and delivery of prescriptions.
  • Supervised methadone supply.
  • Needle exchange.

Over New Year, GP practices will be closed for four days from New Year’s Eve until Wednesday 4 January. During this time, you can still get advice from your community pharmacist.

Saturday 31 December 2016

All pharmacies will open and close as normal with the exception of:

  • Morrisons Pharmacy, 4 Irvine Road, Largs – closes at 5.30pm.
  • J Reekie, 1 Cardow Crescent, Irvine – closes 12.30pm.
  • Boots, Unit 2B East Road, Irvine – closes 5.30pm.

Sunday 1 January 2017

All pharmacies will be closed except:

  • Boots, 1 Fullarton Square, Irvine. Open 11am – 1pm.
  • Boots, 9a Frew Terrace, Irvine. Open 1pm – 3pm.

Monday 2 January 2017

All pharmacies will be closed except:

  • Boots, 1 Fullarton Square, Irvine. Open 10am – 5pm.
  • Superdrug, 6B Aitken Street, Largs. Open 11am – 4pm.
  • Morrisons Pharmacy, 4 Irvine Road, Largs. Open 10am – 4pm.


Tuesday 3 January 2017

All pharmacies will be closed except:

  • Penman Pharmacy, 2 Eglinton Street, Beith. Open 9am – 1pm.
  • Boots, 1 Fullarton Square, Irvine. Open 10am – 5pm.
  • Superdrug, 6B Aitken Street, Largs. Open 8.30am – 5.30pm.
  • Morrisons Pharmacy, 4 Irvine Road, Largs. Open 10am – 4pm.
  • Boots, 77 Dockhead Street, Saltcoats. Open 10am – 4pm.
  • Boots, 78 Main Street, Kilbirnie, Open 12 noon – 4pm.

If you need a pharmacist on Arran, please contact NHS 24 on 111 to arrange.

If you need a doctor urgently and your GP’s surgery is closed, call NHS 24 on 111.
For emergency dental treatment, call NHS 24 on 111