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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

BILLINGHAM

Boots, 25 Queensway, TS23 2ND. Tel: 01642 553 263.

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

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

New Year's Day: Closed.

HARTLEPOOL

Asda, Marina Way, Hartlepool, TS24 0XR. Tel: 01429 239 010

New Year's Day: 10am-1pm, 2pm-5pm.

Boots, Anchor Retail Park, Marina Way, TS24 0XR. Tel: 01429 224 068.

New Year's Day: 10:30am-4.30pm.

Boots, Middleton Grange Shopping Centre, TS24 7RW. Tel: 01429 272 718 89.

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

Lloyds, 15 Kendal Road, TS25 1QU. Tel: 01429 273 461

New Year's Day: Closed.

Pharmacists are an excellent first port of call for advice. They are 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.”