Ayrshire Chemist Opening New Year 2019 into 2020

Pharmacies open in North Ayrshire

over the New Year holidays

With GP practices closing on Wednesday 1 and Thursday 2 January, North Ayrshire residents are being urged to prepare to cope with any common health concerns, as GP practices will be closed.

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 pharmacists who are able to answer medicine and pharmacy-related questions over the telephone on 111. In addition, NHS inform has valuable advice on preparing for winter – visit www.nhsinform.scot and click on ‘Be health-wise this winter’.

Roisin Kavanagh, Director of Pharmacy, explains: “You can do a number of things to make sure 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 ailments.

“If you take regular medication, you should check your existing supplies and only order what you need to ensure you have enough to see you through the holiday weekend. It is also a good idea to make sure you know when your local GP practice and community pharmacy are closed.”

Your community pharmacist can:

  • prescribe medication for you following a consultation, if you qualify for the Minor Ailments Service;
  • give you advice on the best way to take your medicines;
  • treat many women from age 16 to 65 for urinary tract infections under the Pharmacy First service (where they meet certain criteria);
  • treat many patients from two years of age for impetigo under the Pharmacy First service (where they meet certain criteria);
  • treat many patients aged 18 and over for skin infections and shingles;
  • provide your repeat prescriptions when your GP is not available (under certain circumstances):
  • 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; and
  • 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 New Year, when GP practices are closed, you can still get advice from a community pharmacist or NHS 24.  

Tuesday 31 December 2019

All pharmacies will be open as normal, except the following pharmacies which will close early:

  • Superdrug, 6B Aitken Street, Largs – open 8.30am to 5.30pm
  • Wm Morrisons Pharmacy, 4 Irvine Road, Largs – open 9am to 5.30pm

Wednesday 1 January 2020

All pharmacies will be closed, except:

  • Boots Chemist, 1 Fullerton Square, Irvine – open 11am – 1pm
  • Boots Chemist, 9a Frew Terrance – open 1pm – 3pm
  • Wm Morrisons Pharmacy, 4 Irvine Road, Largs – open 10am to 4pm

Thursday 2 January 2020

All pharmacies will be closed, except:

  • Superdrug, 6B Aitken Street, Largs – open 11am – 5pm
  • Wm Morrison Pharmacy, 4 Irvine Road, Largs – open10am – 4pm
  • Boots Chemist, 1 Fullerton Square, Irvine – open 10am – 5pm
  • Penman Pharmacy, 2 Eglinton Street, Beith – open 9am – 1pm

Pharmacies open in South Ayrshire

over the New Year holidays

Tuesday 31 December 2019

All pharmacies will be open as normal, except the following pharmacies which will close early:

  • Boots Chemist, 42 Main Road, Whitletts, Ayr – open 9am – 6pm
  • Wm Morrisons Pharmacy, Castlehill Road, Ayr – open 8.30am to 5.30pm
  • Lloyds Pharmacy, Dalmellington Road, Ayr – open 8am – 5.30pm

Wednesday 1 January 2020

All pharmacies will be closed, except:

  • Wm Morrisons Pharmacy, Castlehill Road, Ayr – open 10am to 4pm
  • Seafield Pharmacy, 43/45 Blackburn drive, Ayr – open 12noon – 2pm

Wednesday 2 January 2020

All pharmacies will be closed, except:

  • Boots, 168/170 High Street, Ayr – open 10am to 4.30pm
  • Wm Morrisons Pharmacy, Castlehill Road, Ayr – open 10am to 4pm
  • Boots, Girvan Community Hospital, Girvan – open 10am – 2pm
  • Boots, 49 Academy Street, Troon – open 11am to 4pm

Pharmacies open in East Ayrshire

over the New Year holidays

Tuesday 31 December 2019

All pharmacies will be open as normal, except the following pharmacies which will close early:

  • Wm Morrisons Pharmacy, West Langlands Street, Kilmarnock – open 8.30am – 5.30pm
  • Boots Chemist, 63 Grange Street, Kilmarnock – open 8.30am – 6pm

Wednesday 1 January 2020

All pharmacies will be closed, except:

  • EJ Templeton, 14 Dean Street, Kilmarnock – open 12noon – 2pm
  • Boots Chemist, 9 Portland Road, Kilmarnock – open 2pm – 4pm
  • Wm Morrisons Pharmacy, West Langlands Street, Kilmarnock – open 10am – 4pm

Thursday 2 January 2020

All pharmacies will be closed, except:

  • Boots, 62/70 King Street, Kilmarnock – open 11am – 4pm
  • Wm Morrisons Pharmacy, West Langlands Street, Kilmarnock – open 10am to 4pm
  • Bellfield Pharmacy, 79 Whatriggs Road, Kilmarnock – open 9am – 1pm