With many GP practices and pharmacies closing for the May bank holiday (Monday 26 May), South Ayrshire residents are being urged to prepare to cope with any common health concerns.
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.
The public can also do a number of things to ensure they 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 ailments. People who take regular medication should they check their existing supplies and only order what they need to ensure they have enough to see them through the bank holiday weekend.
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
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
Collection and delivery of prescriptions
Supervised methadone supply
Most pharmacies in South Ayrshire will be closed on Monday 26 May 2014 with the exception of:
Boots the Chemist, 168/170 High Street, Ayr, open 10am - 5pm
Morrisons Pharmacy, Castlehill Road, Ayr, open 9am - 6pm
Lloyds Pharmacy, 146 Dalmellington Road, Ayr, open 10am - 2pm
Seafield Pharmacy, 43/45 Blackburn Drive, Ayr, open 9am - 6pm
Boots, 89 Main Street, Prestwick, open 11am - 5pm
JG Brodlie, 15 Templehill, Troon, open 9am - 5.30pm
Boots, Unit 5, 49 Academy Street, Troon, open 10am - 5pm
Stevenson Chemist, 131 Deveron Road, Troon, open 9am - 1pm
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.