GP APPOINTMENTS will be available for over Christmas and New Year as i-HEART Barnsley will offer appointments on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day at sites across the borough.

Some pharmacies will also be open on these days.

On Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, phone lines for appointments (242419) will be open from 8am to 9.30am for appointments between 10am and 2pm.

Outside of these hours, people needing advice should call NHS 111.

Pharmacists can offer expert clinical advice for minor health concerns such as sore throats, coughs, colds, upset stomach and teething.

On Christmas Day, Silkstone Pharmacy is open from 10am to 2pm. On Boxing Day, Asda Pharmacy is open from 9am to 6pm on Old Mill Lane. Boots Pharmacy in Boots, Cheapside is open from 9am to 4pm.

On New Year’s Day, the Asda Pharmacy will be open from 10am to 5pm.

People are asked to remember to stock up on medicines and collect prescriptions in good time.