NHS Ayrshire and Arran has announced that only two pharmacies in North Ayrshire will remain open on the day of the Queen's state funeral.

Opening times over the next few days are changing - partly because of the Ayrshire holiday weekend, but also because of the Queen's funeral on Monday, September 19.

On Friday, September 16, all pharmacies will be open as normal except for the following:

Davidsons Chemist on 18 Main Street in Dalry;

Davidsons Chemist on 20 Main Street in Dreghorn; 

Lawthorn Pharmacy on 1 Cardow Crescent in Irvine;

Townhead Pharmacy on Pennyburn Road in Kilwinning;

Gallagher’s Pharmacy on 17/19 Raise Street in Saltcoats;

Care Pharmacy on 55 Main Street in Springside.

On Saturday, September 17 all pharmacies in the area will be open except for the following:

Boots Pharmacy on 2A Dalry Road in Kilbirnie,

Arran Pharmacy on Shore Road in Whiting Bay,

Gallagher’s Pharmacy on 17/19 Raise Street in Saltcoats,

J.B. Spence on 49 Skelmorlie Castle Road in Skelmorlie will shut.

Sunday, September 18:

Boots Pharmacy on 1 Fullarton Square in Irvine will be open from 11am-5pm.

All other pharmacies will remain closed.

Monday, September 19:

Boots Pharmacy on 1 Fullarton Square in Irvine will be open from 12noon-4pm;

Penman’s Pharmacy on 2 Eglinton Street in Beith will be open between 9am-5.30pm.

All other pharmacies will be closed.

NHS 24 will still operate over the bank holiday weekend and during the Queen’s funeral service and can be accessed by calling 111.

If you experience an emergency, you will still be able to contact emergency services by calling 999.

Jane Hall, NHS Ayrshire and Arran's associate director of pharmacy, said: “You can do a number of things to make sure you are prepared to deal with common illnesses.

"Have a sufficient supply of medicines like paracetamol, sore throat and cough remedies, as these will help to relieve the symptoms of common ailments.

“If you take regular medication, you should check your existing supplies and only order what you need to ensure you have enough to see you through the bank holiday.

"It is also a good idea to make sure you know when your local GP practice and community pharmacy are closed.”