HEALTH officials are reminding people who take regular medication to make sure they have enough to get through the Christmas period. If patients don’t, they are advised to contact their GP practice before they close for Christmas for further advice.

Chemist rotas for the Tivyside area over the holiday period are as follows:

Wednesday, December 25 (Christmas Day):

Lloyds Pharmacy, New Road, Llandysul (01559 362267) 4pm-5pm

Thursday, December 26 (Boxing Day)

Boots, 3 Pendre, Cardigan (01239 621578) 10am-4pm

Boots, 8 Lincoln Street, Llandysul (01559 362204) 4pm-5pm

Wednesday, January 1

Boots, 8 Lincoln Street, Llandysul (01559 362204) 4pm-5pm.

The above list is prepared in advance - unfortunately it is not always possible for any late changes to be reflected. Whenever possible patients should always ring the indicated pharmacy first to check they are open.

If the Pharmacy is closed. call the 111 Service.

The Emergency Supply service allows a pharmacy to supply prescribed medication (subject to certain conditions) without the need for a prescription.

This service is aimed at patients who have an immediate need for their medication who have been unable to access their usual medical practice.

Patients registered with a Welsh GP can give consent for a pharmacist to access their GP record (medication details only) in order to verify the medication required.

For patients registered with an English practice the pharmacist may try to contact their surgery or usual pharmacy for verification if no other evidence is provided e.g. empty pack/container/repeat slip. Please discuss with the pharmacist.

The pharmacist can provide free confidential NHS advice and treatment for a range of common ailments without you having to make an appointment to see your GP.

The list of common ailments are: indigestion, constipation, diarrhoea, piles, hay fever, head lice, teething, nappy rash, colic, chicken pox, threadworms, sore throat, athlete’s foot, eye infections, conjunctivitis, mouth ulcers, cold sores, acne, dry skin, dermatitis, verruca, back pain, ingrowing toenails, vaginal thrush, oral thrush and scabies.