There is a reduced pharmacy service this Christmas with chemists only being open for a short period of time on designated days
Here are the details of the pharmacy opening times in Stone, Staffordshire for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day, 2017 – 2018.
- Stone Pharmacy – 11:00 – 12:00
- Boots the Chemist – 10:00 – 16:00
- Birchill and Watson – 11:00 – 12:00
New Years Day
- Walton Pharmacy – 11:00 – 12:00
If you need medical advice then remember to choose the right service that matches your needs:
Speak to a Pharmacist
Pharmacists are medically trained and can give you expert advice on medicines and how they work as well as help you decide whether you need to see a doctor. You don’t need an appointment or even make a purchase and you can talk to them in a private consultation area and in confidence.
Common complaints which can be treated at home with advice from the pharmacist include:
- Skin conditions, such as mild acne and mild eczema
- Coughs and colds including nasal congestion and sore throat
- Minor cuts and bruises
- Constipation and haemorrhoids (piles)
- Hay fever and allergies
- Aches, pains, such as headaches, earaches and backaches
- Indigestion, diarrhoea and threadworms
- Period pain and thrush
- Warts and verrucas, mouth ulcer and cold sores
- Athletes foot
- Nappy rash and teething
GPs provide a range of services including medical advice, examinations, prescriptions and ongoing care for more longstanding or chronic conditions. They can also provide:
- diagnosis of symptoms
- health education
- simple surgical procedures
Call NHS 111
If you think you need to see a doctor in the evening, over the weekend or on a Bank Holiday, for something which you feel cannot wait, call 111.
Trained call handlers, supported by nurses and paramedics based at St. Mary’s Hospital will assess your symptoms and put you directly in touch with the people who can help; for example, an out-of -hours doctor, a district nurse or an emergency dentist — or it may be something as simple as a 24 hour pharmacy. But NHS 111 can also send an ambulance, without delay, if required.
You should use the NHS 111 service if:
- you need medical help fast, but it’s not a 999 emergency
- you think you need to go to A&E or another NHS urgent care service
- you don’t know who to call for medical help or you don’t have a GP to call
- you require health information or reassurance about what to do next
For less urgent health needs, you should still contact your GP in the usual way.
Calls to 111 are free from landlines and mobile phones and the service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
999 in an emergency
Please think before you dial 999. The ambulance service is for emergencies and life-threatening situations only. If ambulance crews are called out to those suffering minor illnesses, they cannot get to those who really need their help.
THE Emergency Department (A&E) is for serious, life-threatening injuries and illnesses that need urgent medical attention.
- loss of consciousness
- heavy bleeding
- severe chest pain or breathing difficulty
- serious burns
- strokes and persistent fits.
People with these types of serious conditions will be treated before those with minor complaints, which would be more appropriately helped by calling 111.
You can also find health advice online at www.nhs.uk – an early enquiry can help prevent a crisis later. Choosing the right service helps to reduce the pressure on emergency services and ensure that they are available for those who really need them.