Prescription medication

Prescription medication

Your experiences of getting prescription medication

People rely on prescription medication to treat and manage their conditions and keep well. Healthwatch England highlights the challenges people have recently reported when trying to get prescription medication.

In 2021/22, over a billion prescription items were dispensed in the community in England, up 2.58% on the previous year.

People rely on prescription medication to treat and manage their conditions and keep well. Yet, Healthwatch’s recent analysis of public feedback shows people are increasingly facing barriers to getting prescription medication.

Trends in feedback 

Analysis of public feedback given to Healthwatch across England suggests people have been facing serious issues when trying to get prescription medication:

  • Shortages of medication
  • Delays in getting repeat prescriptions issued
  • Shortages of staff
  • Closed pharmacies

Read the full article on the Healthwatch England website.

We’d like to hear more about what is happening in Northumberland. Please tell us if you have experienced difficulties with getting your prescription medication, or where services are working well for you and your family – give feedback.

August Bank Holiday Pharmacy Opening 2020

August Bank Holiday Pharmacy Opening 2020

Pharmacies in Northumberland Bank Holiday Opening August 2020

These Northumberland pharmacies are open on Bank Holiday Monday, 29 August 2020. You are advised to telephone the pharmacy prior to attending.  If you require advice out of hours, please contact: NHS 111.


ALNWICK:  Boots, 50-52 Bondgate Within NE66 1JD.  Tel 01665 602 143. Open: 10:00am – 4:00pm

ASHINGTON:  Asda Pharmacy, Lintonville Terrace, NE63 9XG. Tel 01670 528 610. Open: 9:00am – 6:00pm

ASHINGTON: Central Pharmacy, Lintonville Medical Group, Lintonville Terrace NE63 9UT. Tel 01670 856 633. Open: 10:00am – 12:00pm

BERWICK-UPON-TWEED: Boots, 60-68 Marygate, TD15 1BN. Tel 01289 306 036. Open: 10:00am – 4:00pm

BLYTH: Asda Pharmacy, Cowpen Road NE24 4LZ. Tel 01670 542 710. Open: 9:00am – 6:00pm

BLYTH: Boots, 60-62 Maddison Street NE24 1EY. Tel 01670 546 092. Open: 10:00am – 2:00pm

CRAMLINGTON: Boots, 29-30 Manor Walks Shopping Centre NE23 6QE. Tel 01670 736 399. Open: 9:30am – 4:00pm

HEXHAM: Boots, 7 Fore Street NE46 1LU. Tel 01434 602024. Open: 11:00am -4:00pm

HEXHAM: Tesco, Tynedale Retail Park, Alemouth Road NE46 3PJ. Tel 0345 6779873. Open: 9:00am – 6:00pm

MORPETH:  Boots, 41 Bridge Street NE61 1PE. Tel 01670 513 389. Open: 10:00am -4:00pm

NORTH SUNDERLAND: Boots, 32 Main Street NE68 7RQ. Tel 01665 720 228. Open: 10:00am – 3:00pm

TWEEDMOUTH: Tesco, Tweedside Trading Estate, Ord Road TD15 2XG. Tel 0345 026 9621. Open: 9:00am – 6:00pm