GPs and pharmacies across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly will provide extra access over the bank holiday weekend.
- GP practices will be open on Good Friday and Easter Monday
- Visit www.111.nhs.uk or call 111 if you need help or advice outside your practices normal opening hours
- Community pharmacies will also open on Good Friday and Easter Monday
- If you have symptoms of COVID-19 please use the 111 online service: https://111.nhs.uk/service/COVID-19/
As part of our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, GPs and pharmacies have made special arrangements to ensure their services are accessible over Easter by working in close partnership with the out of hours services to make sure patients are well supported..
GP surgeries across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly will be open as usual on Good Friday and Easter Monday. Since the outbreak and to help minimise the spread of COVID-19, many practices have been asking patients to contact them via phone or online contact forms on their website (as opposed to walking in) in the first instance if they need help – and this is how to contact them on Good Friday and Easter Monday.
Local people are being reminded that GPs are enabling patients to speak to their doctor either online, over the phone or by video. This limits exposure and unnecessary contact.
Outside their normal practice opening hours and on Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday, out-of-hours GP services will continue to be provided in the normal way by Kernow Health CIC – the integrated urgent care service. The service can be accessed by visiting www.111.nhs.uk or calling 111.
Many community pharmacies will also be open on Good Friday and Easter Monday. Find your nearest pharmacy and its opening times here: www.nhs.uk/service-search/find-a-pharmacy
Pharmacy teams are also working around the clock to make sure customers get the medicines they need but will limit the number of people in the stores during the day, in order to keep people safe.
For full pharmacy rotas over Easter, see: www.england.nhs.uk/south/info-professional/pharm-info/pharmacy-opening-hours
Dr Iain Chorlton, local GP and chair of NHS Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “It’s a worrying time and practices are busy, so each GP surgery will be working with neighbouring practices to run a normal weekday service on the Easter public holidays.
“This is evidence of how all of the commitment of our GPs, nurses and other vital practice staff that they are continuing to provide a crucial service at a time when they would normally be looking forward to a break – I’d like to thank them for their ongoing commitment at this challenging time.
“Patients should contact their practice in the normal way (online or by phone) and if they need to be seen, they will be directed to their normal surgery, or, in some cases, another practice in the local area.
“I’d also like to remind people that our minor injury units are available as usual, alongside 999 and the emergency department for life threatening conditions and emergencies – while we’re making changes to the way we work; we’re here for you if you are unwell.”
Check the current availability of minor inury units here.