IN PREPARATION for the upcoming public holiday on Monday October 9 2023, NHS Borders are asking the public to check their repeat prescription and order only what you need, in plenty of time.

Most Health Centres and GP Practices in the Borders will be closed for the public holiday on Monday 9 October 2023.

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The following practices will be open:

Coldstream – Coldstream Medical Practice

Earlston – Earlston Medical Practice

Galashiels - Roxburgh Street Medical Practice

Kelso – Kelso Medical Practice

Lauder – Stow and Lauder Medical Practice, Lauder

Newcastleton – Newcastleton Medical Practice

Selkirk – Selkirk Medical Practice

Stow – Stow and Lauder Medical Practice, Stow

West Linton – West Linton Medical Practice

The Public Dental Service clinics at Hawick Dental Centre, Galashiels Health Centre and Kelso Health Centre will also be closed on the Public Holiday. Emergency dental cover will be provided from Coldstream Dental Centre and can be accessed by calling 0300 7900 710 between 8am and 4pm.

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The following community pharmacies will be open.

Coldstream: GLM Romanes Ltd 08:45 – 17:30

Duns:  GLM Romanes Ltd 09:00 – 17:30

Eyemouth:  GLM Romanes Ltd 09:00-13:00; 14:00-18:00

Galashiels:  Boots Pharmacy 08:30 - 19:00 Tesco Pharmacy 09:00 – 18:00

Hawick:  Lindsay & Gilmour 09:00 - 18:00

Jedburgh:  - Jedburgh Pharmacy 08:45 – 17:30

Kelso: Boots Pharmacy 09:00-13:00; 14:00-17:30 Rowlands Pharmacy 08:30 - 17:30

Lauder:  Lauder Pharmacy 09:00-13:00; 14:00-18:00

Peebles: Right Medicine 09:00 – 17:30

Selkirk: Lindsay & Gilmour 09:00 - 18:00 Right Medicine 09:00 – 17:30

West Linton:  West Linton Pharmacy 09:00–13:00; 14:00-18:00

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Community Pharmacists can provide you with expert advice and treatment for a range of common illnesses and ailments and give advice about your medicines.

Please be considerate when attending your local pharmacy: You should stay at home and avoid contact with other people if you feel unwell. Please make arrangements for someone else to pick up your medication or ask your pharmacy to have your prescription delivered to your home, as you may unintentionally be putting yourself, pharmacy staff and others at unnecessary risk.

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A spokesperson said: “ If you need health advice or treatment for non-life-threatening conditions, please call NHS 24 on 111 and they will signpost you to the right place to get the advice or care that you need. You may need to wait a while for your call to be answered or for a member of the team to call you back, but this can be done in the comfort of your own home.

“If you do need to be seen, you may be given an appointment. This will avoid you having to make any unnecessary trips to hospital, and it also ensures that our specialists in the Emergency Department are available to treat people who require emergency medical care for life threatening conditions.

“If it is an emergency, you should still call 999 as you did before or come to the Emergency Department, where our team will be able provide you with emergency medical care.”