GP services and community pharmacies in South East of England remain open this bank holiday weekend so people can continue to access vital NHS services.
While the public is being urged to follow government advice to stay home, NHS services will be operating as normal.
Community pharmacies across the country will be open for at least three hours on Good Friday and Easter Monday and normal opening hours will apply on Saturday and Sunday – people can check their local pharmacy’s website for details.
For Eastleigh residents needing a pharmacy, Wainwrights at 5 Riverside in Bishopstoke will be open on Easter Sunday between 10am to 12 midday.
For a full list of pharmacies in Hampshire open on Easter Sunday click here
For those who need to see their GP, local practices will be running as normal on Good Friday (10 April) and Easter Monday (13 April) and usual weekend hours in South East England will run on Saturday and Sunday – practices can be contacted online or by phone.
If a face-to-face appointment is necessary and if for any reason their usual GP practice is not open, patients will be directed to another nearby service.
Dr Nikki Kanani, GP and director of primary care for the NHS said:
“The NHS is helping people with the biggest healthcare crisis in our history, and while the NHS is still there for people who need it, the public must play their part by following government advice and staying at home.”
NHS staff across the country are pulling out all the stops to treat and care for patients during the coronavirus outbreak – this won’t stop during the bank holiday weekend.
GP and pharmacy staff are working incredibly hard to provide advice and medicines to those who need it.”
Repeat prescriptions should be ordered in their usual quantities at the usual time, either online or on the NHS App. Patients should not go to their GP practice or pharmacy to order prescriptions. More information about ordering medicines can be found online at www.nhs.uk.
When collecting prescriptions, social distancing rules will apply and pharmacy staff will be ensuring these measures are followed in order to protect the public and staff.
Those over the age of 70, or who have a long-term health condition or who are pregnant should arrange for their prescriptions to be collected by a relative or friend and delivered safely to them.
Alternatively, for those who are vulnerable and are ‘shielding’, their doctor or pharmacist can log a request to have a prescription delivered the NHS Volunteers Responders referrer’s portal (Goodsamapp.org/NHSreferral