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Coronavirus: Doctors' surgeries and pharmacies Easter opening times

Coronavirus: Doctors' surgeries and pharmacies Easter opening times

Published by The Stray FM News Team at 3:28pm 9th April 2020.

Doctors’ surgeries and community pharmacies have announced revised opening hours over the Easter weekend.   

  • Doctors' surgeries and community pharmacies will be operating revised opening hours over Easter.  
  • Patients are being asked not to attend their surgery unless they have been asked to do so. 
  • The NHS is urging people to order prescriptions online through the NHS app where possible,  

Most practices will be open as usual on Friday and Monday, but some will be working together as a hub. If you require primary care services on the Bank Holidays during ‘normal’ practice opening times, ring your surgery on the day or visit their website.

NHS North Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are urging people to only contact their practice on Friday and Monday if they have an urgent healthcare need not related to COVID-19. They should not visit their surgery face-to-face unless they have been specifically asked to do so.

On Saturday and Sunday usual weekend provisions will be in place and patients are asked to contact NHS 111 in the first instance if they are unwell and they will be directed to the most appropriate service. 

Community pharmacies will be open for a minimum of three hours on Good Friday and Easter Monday (2pm to 5pm) with some pharmacies open longer. 

Opening times on Saturday 11th April will be the same as normal and for Sunday 12th April will be the same as any normal Easter Sunday. 

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The NHS is urging people to order prescriptions online through the NHS app, if possible, or via your GP surgery website. 

More information about ordering online can be found here.   

NHS North Yorkshire CCG Clinical Chair, Dr Charles Parker, said:

“GP surgeries are working tirelessly in difficult circumstances to keep people healthy and well, while treating those who are poorly.

“An enormous effort is going into helping the NHS deal with the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, but we recognise other illnesses and long-term conditions don’t suddenly go away and it’s vital everyone has access to the appropriate help and support, particularly at this immensely difficult time.”