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Help us help you to stay well this winter

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

NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG 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, please visit: or  

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 0TY01704 502 250
Closed Closed 10:00am – 5:00pm
Boots Pharmacy
Unit 3, Central 12 Shopping Park, Derby Road, Southport, PR9 0TQ01704 536 937
Closed 9:00am – 6:00pm 9:00am – 6:00pm
Boots Pharmacy
31-39 Chapel Street, Southport,
PR8 1AH01704 533 907
Closed 08:30am – 5:30pm Closed
Boots Pharmacy,
34 Shakespeare Street, Southport,
PR8 5AB01704 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 0AF01704 512 275
Closed 9:00am to 5:00pm 9:00am to 5:00pm
Rowlands Pharmacy,
15 Chapel Lane, Formby, Liverpool
L37 4DL01704 872 009
12:00pm-1:00pm 12:00pm-1:00pm Closed
Ryders Chemist,
41 Old Town Lane, Formby,
L37 3HJ01704 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 3LN0151 520 4410
Closed 8:30am-10:00pm 10:00am-5:00pm
Asda Pharmacy
81 Strand Road, Bootle, Liverpool, L20 4BB0151 955 4110
Closed 9:00am to 6:00pm 10:00am to 5:00pm
Boots Pharmacy
Aintree Racecourse Retail Park, Ormskirk Road, L9 5AN0151 523 7349
Closed 9:00am to 5:00pm Closed
Boots Pharmacy
24-26 Liverpool Road, Crosby,
Liverpool, L23 5SF0151 924 4338
12:00pm-2:00pm Closed Closed
Bridge Road Chemist,
54-56 Bridge Road, Litherland,
Liverpool, L21 6PH0151 920 6361
12:00pm-2:00pm Closed Closed
Cohens Chemist,
17 Bridge Road, Crosby,
Liverpool, L23 6SA0151 924 3209
2:00pm-4:00pm Closed Closed
Cohens Chemist,
12-13 Marian Square, Glovers Lane, Netherton, Liverpool, L30 5QA0151 525 9541
12:00pm-2:00pm Closed Closed
Drakes Pharmacy,
1A Aintree Road, Bootle,
Liverpool, L20 9DL0151 944 1007
2:00pm-4:00pm Closed Closed
Lydiate Pharmacy
28 Lydiate Road, L31 2LZ0151 526 3897
10:00am-12:00pm Closed Closed