PEOPLE are being urged to choose the right treatment over the festive season to ease pressure on the NHS.
Medical advice is available by calling the NHS 111 line and some pharmacies will be open over Christmas and new year.
On Christmas Eve, Boots in Droitwich, Knights and Loyds in Bromsgrove are open as usual.
Boots in Bromsgrove opens between 8.30am and 6pm, Corbett Pharmacy in Droitwich will open from 8.30am to 7pm and Morrisons in Bromsgrove opens between 9am and 1pm and between 2pm and 7pm.
On Christmas Day Lloyds pharmacy in Bromsgrove is open from 10am to 1pm and Knights in Bromsgrove from 3pm to 6pm.
On Boxing Day in Bromsgrove and Droitwich Boots are open between 10am and 4pm and Lloyds in Bromsgrove from 9am to 5pm.
Morrisons in Bromsgrove is open between 10am and 4pm.
Nigel Sturrock, Medical Director at NHS England and NHS Improvement – 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.
“We would also like to remind patients to order any medication they need from their GP surgery in plenty of time so they have a good supply during the bank holidays.
“If you need urgent medical advice, contact NHS 111 in the first instance either over the phone, online or via the NHS App. Trained call handlers are available 24/7 to help direct you to the most appropriate and effective service for your condition.”