Medical information for the Christmas period

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Health bosses have issued advice over what to do if you are ill over Christmas.

Some services will still be open over the festive holiday - even on Christmas Day.

The walk-in centre on Whitegate Drive, Blackpool is open 8am to 8pm every day - including Christmas Day and Bank Holidays - for those who need to see a doctor or nurse.

For those suffering toothache or dental problems, the dental access helpline will be available - call (01253) 655200.

For urgent but not emergency or life-threatening help, the new NHS 111 number is now in operation. NHS Direct can also give advice, by calling 0845 4647 or logging onto www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk

A spokesman for NHS North Lancashire said: “Accident and Emergency departments provide immediate emergency care for people who show the symptoms of serious illness or are badly injured. Of all NHS services, A&E or 999 should only be used in a critical or life-threatening situation.

“Your local pharmacist can provide advice on common illnesses and the best medicines to treat them.”

PHARMACY OPENING TIMES

Christmas Day

MedicX Pharmacy, Whitegate Drive, Blackpool, 8am - 9pm. Call (01253) 807808.

HBS Pharmacy, Newton Drive, 2pm - 10pm. Call (01253) 304010.

Boxing Day

Boots, Bank Hey Street, Blackpool, 10am - 5pm. Call (01253) 622276.

MedicX Pharmacy, Whitegate Drive, 8am - 9pm.

HBS Pharmacy, Newton Drive, 2pm - 10pm.

Tuesday, December 27 (Bank Holiday)

Sainsbury’s Pharmacy, Red Bank Road, Bispham, 9am - 6pm

Boots, Bank Hey Street, 10am - 5pm

MedicX Pharmacy, Whitegate Drive, 8am - 9pm

Lloyds Pharmacy, Talbot Road, 11am - 3pm

Co-Op Pharmacy, Asda, Cherry Tree Road, Marton, 9am - 7pm

Tesco Pharmacy, Clifton Road, 11am - 4pm

Morrison’s Pharmacy, Squires Gate Lane, 9am - 6pm.

New Year’s Eve

Some pharmacies may close early - contact your local pharmacy for details.

New Year’s Day

Normal Sunday hours - not an official Bank Holiday.

Monday, January 2

Sainsbury’s Pharmacy, Red Bank Road, Bispham, 10 - 4pm.

Boots, Bank Hey Street, 10.30am - 4.30pm.

MedicX Pharmacy, Whitegate Drive, 8am - 9pm.

Tesco Pharmacy, Clifton Road, 11am - 4pm.

Morrison’s Pharmacy, Squires Gate Lane, 9am - 6pm.