Pharmacies over the Easter break
Most pharmacies in East Ayrshire are open on Good Friday (April 6) with the exception of:
Crosshouse Pharmacy, 8 Irvine Road, Crosshouse
Doon Valley Pharmacy, 5 Cathcartson, Dalmellington
Most will be closed on Easter Monday (April) 9 with the exception of:
Boots the Chemist, 62/70 King Street, Kilmarnock, open 10am - 4.30pm
Morrisons Pharmacy, West Langlands Street, Kilmarnock, open 9am - 6pm
If you need a doctor urgently and your GP's surgery is closed, call NHS 24 on 08454 24 24 24.
For emergency dental treatment, call NHS 24 on 08454 24 24 24
With many GP practices and pharmacies closing during the Easter holiday break (Friday 6 April - Monday 9 April), East Ayrshire residents are being urged to prepare to cope with any common health concerns.
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 community pharmacists who are able to answer medicine and pharmacy-related questions over the telephone on 08454 24 24 24.
The public can also do a number of things to ensure they are prepared to deal with common illnesses. Have a sufficient supply of medicines like paracetamol, sore throat and cough remedies, as these will help to relieve the symptoms of common winter ailments. People who take regular medication should ensure they have enough to see them through the weekends, public holidays and holidays away from home.
What your community pharmacist can do
If you qualify for the Minor Ailments Service your community pharmacist may prescribe medication for you following a consultation
Give you advice on the best way to take your medicines
Give women advice and supply emergency hormonal contraception
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
Give you advice over the telephone
Many pharmacies also offer
Advice on travel health
Collection and delivery of prescriptions
Supervised methadone supply