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GPs and pharmacies open on VE Day bank holiday

GPs and pharmacies open on VE Day bank holiday

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 11:30am 8th May 2020. (Updated at 8:52am 11th May 2020)

GP surgeries and pharmacies across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly will be available for anyone who needs care and treatment during the early May bank holiday.

People who need a GP appointment on Friday 8 May, which marks the 75th anniversary of VE Day, are asked to contact the surgery either by telephone or online contact forms on the practice’s website (as opposed to walking in).

All surgeries are already operating this system as part of the ongoing response to COVID-19, and will direct patients to the most appropriate way to receive advice or treatment.

“GPs are here for you, as always, throughout the pandemic, including this bank holiday. We are using new and different ways to make sure you can continue to safely receive the right care, in the right place, at the right 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 nearby. Our surgeries  across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly are geared up to see COVID and non-COVID patients without the risk of spreading infection, with some clinics adapted so they can specifically see people with COVID symptoms.”

             Dr Iain Chorlton, chairman of NHS Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group

Alongside GP surgeries, most community pharmacies will be open between 2pm and 5pm for minor ailments or advice. Some pharmacies will be open in the morning and evening during the bank holiday.

Dr Chorlton added: “As we continue to follow government guidance during the pandemic and mark the 75th anniversary of the official end of the Second World War safely in our homes, and back gardens, if we have them, there is more opportunity for minor injuries and ailments caused through DIY and gardening, so I’d also like to remind people that our minor injury units are available as usual.”

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Anyone with a life threatening condition or emergency should dial 999 or visit the emergency department.

Visit www.111.nhs.uk or call 111 if you need help or advice outside your practices normal opening hours.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 please  use the 111 online service: https://111.nhs.uk/service/COVID-19/

Check the current availability of minor injury units here.

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