GP Surgeries and Pharmacies to Remain Open for Easter Bank Holidays


April 09, 2020

GP practices are normally closed on bank holidays, but this year all practices will be open as usual on the Easter bank holidays – Good Friday (10 April) and Easter Monday (13 April).

Pharmacies will also continue to be open over the bank holidays – people should contact them directly to check on their exact opening times.

Dr Amanda Doyle OBE, GP and Chief Clinical Officer for Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care System, said: “We know that this is a really difficult time for everyone, particularly for those with ongoing health conditions. It’s important that people know that their GPs are there to support them over the bank holiday weekend this year.

“During the next few months people will continue to need help with lots of different health problems that aren’t to do with coronavirus. If you need advice or care from your GP practice, then please get in touch by phone first – please don’t visit the practice without speaking to them first.

“We might be able to give you advice over the phone or using a video conferencing system, but if your GP or nurse decides that you do need to see someone face to face, they will still arrange an appointment for you – either at your own practice, or another one near to where you live.”

She adds, “Don’t forget that you can also do lots of things online, like ordering repeat prescriptions. If you don’t yet have GP online services but would like to use them, visit your GP practice website for more details about how to set this up.”