Pharmacy opening times and how to use urgent care and accident and emergency services in Sunderland on Christmas and Boxing Day

We’re dreaming of a safe Christmas – but if the worst happens where can you get help in Sunderland over the festive season?
Health chiefs are urging patients not to ring 999 unless it is absolutely necessaryHealth chiefs are urging patients not to ring 999 unless it is absolutely necessary
Health chiefs are urging patients not to ring 999 unless it is absolutely necessary

With services likely to be stretched, health bosses are urging patients not to waste precious resources.

What can I do to help?

Visit or call 111 for urgent medical advice before turning up to any frontline services.

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Don’t call an ambulance or attend accident and emergency departments or urgent care centres unless you have to.

Extra GP appointments will be available on evenings, weekends and bank holidays. Contact your surgery for help.

Many common winter illnesses can be safely treated with over the counter medication and advice from a pharmacist. See below for opening hours over the Bank Holidays.

What if I DO need emergency treatment?

Call 999 as usual in the event of a genuine emergency if you need an ambulance.

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If the patient is mobile, Sunderland Royal Hospital, Gateshead’s Queen Elizabeth and University Hospital of North Durham's accident and emergency departments will be open around the clock on both Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

What if I need urgent – but not emergency – treatment?

The Urgent care centre at Pallion Health Centre and the South Tyneside Urgent Care Hub in Harton Lane will be open between 8am and 10pm on both Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Peterlee Community Hospital's urgent care centre in O'Neill Drive will be open all day on both days.

Which pharmacies are available and when?

Christmas Day

Avenue Pharmacy, Roker Avenue, 4pm-6pm.

Hylton Castle Pharmacy, Chiswick Square, 2pm-4pm.

G Whitfield Ltd, Church Street, Houghton, 10am-noon.

Blue House Pharmacy, Blue House Lane, Washington, noon-2pm.

Avenue Pharmacy, North Guards, Whitburn, 4pm-8pm.

Cohens Chemist, East View, Boldon Colliery, noon-2pm.

Leak Chemists, High Street, Belmont, 2pm-4pm.

Well Pharmacy, The Chare, Peterlee, 2pm-4pm.

Boxing Day.

Asda, Leechmere Road, Grangetown, 9am-6pm.

Lloyds Pharmacy, Sainsburys Silksworth Lane, 9am-5pm.

Asda, The Galleries, Washington, 9am-6pm.

Boots, The Galleries, Washington, 10am-4pm.10:00-16:00 Closed

Boots, The Bridges, Sunderland, 8am-5pm.

Lloyds Pharmacy, Sainsburys Riverside Road, 9am-5pm.

Boots, Mcintyre Way, Belmont, 10am-5pm.

Boots, Market Place, Durham, 08.30am-5pm.

Asda, Surtees Road, Peterlee 9am-6pm.

Asda, Byron Place, Seaham 9am-6pm.

Boots, The Chare, Peterlee , 10am-3pm.