This Easter bank holiday, everyone should stay home, to protect the NHS and save lives.
If you or someone you live with has coronavirus symptoms (high temperature
and / or a new continuous cough), you should:
- stay at home.
- if your symptoms worsen or you feel that you cannot manage at home, please use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service – 111.nhs.uk/covid-19/ – you should only call 111 if you can’t get online or you’ve been instructed to do so.
- please do not go to your GP practice or community pharmacy.
Community pharmacies open over the Easter bank holiday weekend
If you or the people you live with don’t have coronavirus symptoms and you think you need advice, you can still use your community pharmacy services over the bank holiday weekend. Many pharmacies are open on Good Friday (10 April) and Easter Monday (13 April), you can find out which ones are open on the pharmacies page of our website.
Community pharmacy opening hours on Saturday 11 April will be the same as normal and for Sunday 12 April will be the same as any normal Easter Sunday.
Pharmacists and their teams are an essential part of the NHS and need your help and support during the coronavirus pandemic. They will do their best to provide you with the medicines and advice you need.
Information about prescriptions
You can continue to order repeat prescriptions in your usual quantities at the usual time. Please do not over your medicines as this may mean someone else has to go without their medicines.
Prescriptions can be ordered online or by an app. Do not go to your GP practice or pharmacy to order prescriptions and only phone them if you cannot order online or by an app. You can order repeat prescriptions on the NHS App and through your GP surgery (SystmOnline) or pharmacy’s online service, where available. You can find out about ordering medicines online on the NHS website (opens in a new window).
If you have a prescription to collect:
- If you are 70 or over, have a long-term health condition or are pregnant you should arrange collection by a relative or friend, or ask your pharmacy for help with delivery. You can find more information about picking up a prescription on behalf of somebody else on the NHS website (opens in a new window).
- Ask any relatives and friends who are delivering your medicines to make sure they have seen you pick up the bag
- If your medicines are being delivered make sure you keep a safe distance when you receive them.
If you are going to a pharmacy in person:
- please follow social distancing rules and the rules put in place by the pharmacy to protect you and their staff
- check the pharmacy opening times on their website
- please be aware that sales of some medicines may be restricted in quantity by pharmacies to ensure that there is enough for everyone.