These are the County Durham pharmacies which are open on New Year's Day

People are being reminded to pick up prescriptions and stock up their medicine cabinets and first aid kits as we prepare to welcome in 2019.

Thursday, 20th December 2018, 3:46 pm
Updated Tuesday, 8th January 2019, 9:01 pm
Some pharmacies are open on the holiday days over the festive period.

Coughs, colds, aches and pains are on the increase, so ensure medicine cabinets and first aid kits are well stocked.

Prescriptions should also be collected in advance of New Year's Day, which is a bank holiday.

Some pharmacies are open on the holiday days over the festive period.

If you do need a pharmacy on Tuesday, here's where you'll find one:

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CHESTER-LE-STREET

Boots, 8-9 St Cuthberts Walk, DH3 3YQ. Tel: 0191 388 6262.

New Year's Day: Closed.

Some pharmacies are open on the holiday days over the festive period.

Centrechem, Pelton Primary Care Centre, Ouston Lane, DH2 1EZ. Tel: 0191 370 0351 .

New Year's Day: Closed.

DURHAM

Boots, 2-5 Market Place, DH1 3NB. Tel: 0191 384 2213.

New Year's Day: Closed.

Boots, Unit 9, Durham City Retail Park, Mcintyre Way, Belmont, Durham DH1 2RP. Tel: (Belmont) 0191 374 0664

New Year's Day: 19am-5pm.

Lloyds Pharmacy, Inside Sainsburys, Arnison Retail Centre, Pity Me, DH1 5GD. Tel: 0191 374 0664

New Year's Day: 10am-4pm.

Boots, Unit B, Arnison Retail Centre, Pity Me, DH1 5GB, Tel: (Arnison Centre Retail Park) 0191 386 9618.

New Year's Day: 10.30am-4.30pm.

PETERLEE

Boots, 30-32 The Chare, SR8 1AE. Tel: 0191 586 2640.

New Year's Day: Closed.

Asda Pharmacy, Surtees Road, SR8 5HA. Tel: 0191 587 8510.

New Year's Day: 10am-5pm.

SEAHAM

Asda Pharmacy, Byron Place, South Terrace, SR7 7HN. Tel: 0191 513 6219.

New Year's Day: 10am-5pm.

Pharmacists are an excellent first port of call for advice. They are trained experts who can advise on minor concerns, such as coughs, colds, tummy troubles, teething, and aches and pains, and you don’t have to book an appointment.

Acting quickly helps ensure that illness is nipped in the bud and could also prevent a trip to see the GP over the busy winter period. A pharmacist will always advise you if they think you need to see a doctor.

By talking to your pharmacist first you can get the advice and medicines you need, to get you on the road to recovery, without having to see a doctor. Plus there’s no need to worry about having private conversations at the counter – many pharmacists offer private consultation rooms.

NHS England’s Medical Director for Cumbria and the North East, Professor Chris Gray, said: “Please don’t get sleighed by an illness this festive period.

“Be prepared by stocking up and ordering your prescriptions as soon as you can and please have a healthy and happy Christmas and New Year.”