Help us help you stay well this winter

Monday, December 16, 2019

With Christmas just around the corner, we're urging local patients to make sure they’re fully prepared should they become unwell in the holiday season. 

We want to make sure residents know the steps they can take and which services to use should they become unwell.  

Dr Craig Gillespie, chair of NHS South Sefton CCG says: “All GP practices in Sefton will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. However, if you need urgent care or advice over the festive period, the NHS is here to help you. 

“For minor illnesses, you can see your local pharmacist who can offer you medical advice and over the counter remedies. Pharmacists will be happy to assist you there and then, with a free consultation.” 

Some pharmacies in Sefton are open on the bank holidays and walk-in centres continue to operate too. You can find out which pharmacies closest to you will be open, along with walk-in centre times by visiting the CCGs’ websites. 

If you have an urgent medical concern and you’re not sure what to do you can call NHS 111 or go to: It’s available 24 hours a day, including Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day and they can arrange for you to see a doctor out of hours when your practice is closed.  

Dr Rob Caudwell, chair of NHS Southport and Formby CCG, adds: “As well as NHS 111, there are other services available over the holidays, including extra GP appointments you can book on weekday evenings and at weekends.” 

Patients in Sefton have access to a range of non-urgent, routine, pre-bookable, appointments with GPs, practice nurses and medical specialists of an evening and at weekends. Your GP practice can offer more information about this service. 

Rob added: “I would also encourage people that have repeat prescriptions to ensure that they have enough medication to last through the holiday period but remember not to over order.”  

We recommend having the following items in your medicine cabinet at home to help you deal with minor ailments such as coughs, colds and sore throats: 

  • Painkillers like ibuprofen and paracetamol
  • Antihistamines for allergies
  • Indigestion remedies 
  • A first aid kit. 

For more information on what you can do to stay well this winter and your pharmacy opening times, click here. 


Southport and Formby pharmacy opening times

  Christmas Day Boxing Day New Year’s Day 2020

Asda Pharmacy
Central 12 Shopping Park, Derby Road, Southport, PR9 0TY

01704 502 250

Closed Closed 10:00am - 5:00pm

Boots Pharmacy 
Unit 3, Central 12 Shopping Park, Derby Road, Southport, PR9 0TQ

01704 536 937

Closed 9:00am - 6:00pm 9:00am - 6:00pm

Boots Pharmacy
31-39 Chapel Street, Southport,

01704 533 907

Closed 08:30am - 5:30pm  Closed

Boots Pharmacy,
34 Shakespeare Street, Southport,

01704 532 326

10:00am-12:00pm  Closed Closed

Cambridge Road Pharmacy, 137 Cambridge Road, Inside Churchtown Medical Centre, Southport, PR9 7LT

01704 227 065

2:00pm to 4:00pm Closed Closed

Lloyds Pharmacy (Sainsburys store)
St Georges Place, Lord Street, Southport, PR9 0AF

01704 512 275

Closed 9:00am to 5:00pm 9:00am to 5:00pm

Rowlands Pharmacy,
15 Chapel Lane, Formby, Liverpool
L37 4DL

01704 872 009

12:00pm-1:00pm 12:00pm-1:00pm Closed

Ryders Chemist, 
41 Old Town Lane, Formby,
L37 3HJ

01704 872 173

Closed Closed 12:00pm-1:00pm

South Sefton pharmacy opening times

  Christmas Day Boxing Day New Year’s Day 2020

Asda Pharmacy
Ormskirk Road, Aintree
L10 3LN

0151 520 4410

Closed 8:30am-10:00pm 10:00am-5:00pm

Asda Pharmacy 
81 Strand Road, Bootle, Liverpool, L20 4BB

0151 955 4110

Closed 9:00am to 6:00pm 10:00am to 5:00pm

Boots Pharmacy
Aintree Racecourse Retail Park, Ormskirk Road, L9 5AN

0151 523 7349 

Closed 9:00am to 5:00pm Closed

Boots Pharmacy
24-26 Liverpool Road, Crosby,
Liverpool, L23 5SF

0151 924 4338

12:00pm-2:00pm Closed Closed

Bridge Road Chemist, 
54-56 Bridge Road, Litherland, 
Liverpool, L21 6PH

0151 920 6361

12:00pm-2:00pm Closed Closed

Cohens Chemist,
17 Bridge Road, Crosby,
Liverpool, L23 6SA

0151 924 3209

2:00pm-4:00pm Closed Closed

Cohens Chemist,
12-13 Marian Square, Glovers Lane, Netherton, Liverpool, L30 5QA

0151 525 9541

12:00pm-2:00pm Closed Closed

Drakes Pharmacy, 
1A Aintree Road, Bootle,
Liverpool, L20 9DL

0151 944 1007

2:00pm-4:00pm Closed Closed

Lydiate Pharmacy
28 Lydiate Road, L31 2LZ

0151 526 3897

10:00am-12:00pm Closed Closed