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.
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 winter 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 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 and needle exchange.
Over Christmas, GP practices will be closed for four days from Christmas Day until Monday 29 December. During this time, people can still get advice from their community pharmacist.
Wednesday 24 December 2014; All pharmacies will open as normal however the following will close early: Coylton Pharmacy, Main Street, Coylton. Closes 5.30pm. Morrisons, Castlehill Road, Ayr. Closes 5.30pm. Lloyds, Dalmellington Road, Ayr. Closes 5.30pm. Alloway Pharmacy, Alloway. Closes 5.30pm. Stevenson Chemist, Deveron Road, Troon. Closes 6pm. Mossblown Chemist, Mauchline Road, Mossblown. Closes 5.30pm.
Thursday 25 December 2014; All pharmacies will be closed except: Alloway Pharmacy, 21 Alloway, Ayr. Open 12noon – 2pm. Lloyds, 146 Dalmellington Road, Ayr. Open 2pm – 4pm.
Friday 26 December 2014; All pharmacies will be closed except: Boots Pharmacy, 168/170 High Street, Ayr. Open from 9am – 6pm. Lloyds, 146 Dalmellington Road, Ayr. Open from 10am – 2pm. Boots, 89/91 Main Street, Prestwick. Open 11am – 3pm. Boots, Unit 5, 49 Academy Street, Troon. Open from 10am – 5pm.
Normal weekend opening hours will apply for all pharmacies on Saturday 27 December and Sunday 28 December.
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.