People in Northumberland are being urged to look after themselves well and to know which NHS services to use over New Year.
Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is encouraging residents to keep a well-stocked medicines cabinet at home in order to treat a large range of winter ailments and to use their local pharmacy.
Pharmacists are experts in many aspects of healthcare and can offer advice on a wide range of long-term conditions and common illnesses such as coughs, colds and stomach upsets without needing to see your GP or use other NHS services. No appointment is necessary and many pharmacies have private consultation areas and can advise whether further medical attention is required.
Urgent care centres at Wansbeck, North Tyneside and Hexham general hospitals are open 24/7 throughout the festive period and should be used for urgent problems which are not life threatening.
The free NHS 111 service is also available 24/7 to guide people to the most appropriate service.
The following pharmacies are open on New Year’s Day: Asda, Cowpen Road, Blyth, NE24 4LZ – 11am-1pm and 2-4pm, Asda, Lintonville Terrace, Ashington, NE63 9UT – 10am-6pm, Central Pharmacy, Lintonville Medical Group, Lintonville Terrace, Ashington, NE63 9UT – 10am-noon, Lloyds Pharmacy, Hexham General Hospital, Corbridge Road, Hexham, NE46 1QJ – 10am-4pm, Sainsburys, Manor Walks Shopping Centre, Cramlington, NE23 6RT – 10am-4pm, Your Local Boots, 60-62 Maddison Street, Blyth, NE24 1EY – 10am-2pm.
As part of the campaign, Northumbria Healthcare is also supporting the national NHS initiative ‘Stay Well This Winter’.