09 Apr 2020

All GP surgeries in St Helens will be supported to remain open on Good Friday and Easter Monday this year - with community pharmacies also opening for several hours.

Whilst many practices are carrying out their duties remotely as much as possible, they are still available to registered patients during the coronavirus pandemic.

 Julie Ashurst, Director for Commissioning, Primary Care and Transformation at NHS St Helens Clinical Commissioning Group, said: 

“Further to national guidance from NHS England, we are supporting all St Helens practices to be able to provide services on Good Friday and Easter Monday.  Our committed and professional GP practice colleagues across St Helens have risen to the unique challenges that face us and I’d like to thank them for their efforts.

“Patients should call their practice if they need an appointment or to speak to a clinician on those days and they will be directed to the relevant service.”

Community pharmacies have also been asked to open additional hours on Good Friday and Easter Monday. As a minimum, pharmacies will be open between 2-5 pm on both days for dispensing and collection of prescriptions.  Please call ahead to check as times may vary.

You can find contact details for your nearest pharmacy by visiting: www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/nhs-services/pharmacies/

Can’t get out to pick up your medicines due to the current Government advice on Covid-19?

If you have a prescription request and are unable to collect this personally, please try and arrange for this to be collected on your behalf by a family member, friend or neighbour; or if this is not an option delivered to you directly by your doctor or pharmacy (if that service is available). This will help pharmacies with the large quantity of requests they are anticipating.

If this option is unavailable to you, please contact St Helens Together by calling 01744 676767.

Out of hours doctor services remain in place from 6.30pm – 8am Monday to Friday and over the weekend.  Please telephone your own surgery to be diverted to the out of hours service.

If you have symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature or a new, continuous cough) do not contact your GP, pharmacist or Urgent Treatment Centre and instead use the NHS 111 coronavirus service

 If you need medical advice or treatment not related to coronavirus:

  • For health information and advice, use the NHS website or your GP surgery website
  • For urgent medical help, use NHS 111 online service  – only call 111 if you are unable to get help online
  • For minor injuries and illness, the St Helens Urgent Treatment Centre remains open for walk-ins
  • For life-threatening emergencies, call 999 for an ambulance.