19 December 2022

Dozens of pharmacies will open across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight over the festive period to continue to offer services and health advice.

As Christmas Day and New Year’s Day fall on Sundays, there are substitute Bank Holiday days this year.

The opening times cover Christmas Day, Boxing Day (Monday December 26), Bank Holiday Tuesday (December 27), New Year’s Day (Sunday January 1) and Bank Holiday Monday (January 2).

Pharmacies are only listed if they have notified NHS England that they will be open.

Please note the opening times vary for some pharmacies.

Click Hampshire or Isle-of-Wight to see the pharmacies that plan to open near you. 

You can also visit this map of the pharmacies that will be open. The times are also subject to change, so please check with the pharmacy before you travel and or you can visit the NHS England website for any updates or changes.

People were also reminded today to order their repeat prescriptions soon if their usual medicines will run out over the Christmas or New Year period – as it can take four or five working days for their request to be received.

Dr Derek Sandeman, Chief Medical Officer for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Integrated Care System, said: “We would ask people who may need to order repeat prescriptions to please submit them in good time, and not leave them to the last minute. It might be pushing it for Christmas now but it’s important to think about getting in your requests for the period between Christmas and the New Year.

“As well as being an invaluable High Street resource, pharmacies of course offer expert advice about over-the-counter medicines to treat common health conditions, as well as information on medication and a range of other services.

“There are lots of coughs and seasonal ailments doing the rounds at present and pharmacists offer a fast and convenient service.

“Your pharmacist is also trained to advise you if you need to see a GP, nurse or other healthcare professional.”

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