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, Knights and Loyds in Bromsgrove, the Late Night Pharmacy in Rubery and Lloyds, Wychall Road, Northfield are all open as usual.
Boots in Bromsgrove opens between 8.30am and 6pm, Morrisons in Rubery and Bromsgrove open between 9am and 1pm and between 2pm and 7pm.
On Christmas Day in Bromsgrove, Lloyds pharmacy is open from 10am to 1pm and Knights from 3pm to 6pm.
In Rubery, the Late Night Pharmacy opens between 3pm and 6pm and in Northfield, Lloyds, Whychall Road, between 12pm and 5pm.
On Boxing Day in Bromsgrove Boots is open between 10am and 4pm and Lloyds from 9am to 5pm.
Morrisons in Bromsgrove is open between 10am and 4pm and in Rubery the Late Night Pharmancy is open between 3pm and 6pm.
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.”