As the Christmas holidays approach NHS England is reminding people to remember that not all pharmacies will be open over the whole festive period.

Patients can save time in the waiting room by visiting their pharmacist for quick, confidential advice on a range of common illnesses.

In Whitchurch, Rowlands on High Street will be open on Christmas Day between 11am and 12noon, while Green End will be open on Boxing Day between 11am and 12noon, and on New Year’s Day Boots on Watergate Street will be open from 11am to 12noon.

Dr Ken Deacon, Medical Director at NHS England (North Midlands), said: “Your local pharmacy can help you with more than you might think. Pharmacists offer expert, confidential advice and treatment for many minor health problems.

“As most GP surgeries will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, we encourage patients to order any medication they need in plenty of time so they have a good supply during the bank holiday.”

Residents can also find information on their nearest walk-in centres, urgent care centres or minor injuries units by simply typing in their postcode on the NHS Choices website