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Community pharmacy access in North Yorkshire and York over the Easter bank holiday

Easter pharmacyThe NHS in North Yorkshire and York say patients who become unwell over the Easter weekend can save time if they choose the right health services.

With most GP practices closed for the four-day Easter weekend which begins with Good Friday on 15 April, local NHS leaders want to make sure people access the most appropriate care, depending on whether they have a minor health complaint, or something more serious.

Residents who need urgent medical help should ring NHS 111 – trained health professionals can advise on where to go for the best treatment or arrange clinical review through the GP out of hours service if appropriate – or if it’s something less serious like a cough, cold or rash, people can visit their local community pharmacy for advice and support.

NHS North Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group, GP Governing Body member, Dr Bruce Willoughby, said: "It’s important people use NHS resources sensibly and ‘choose the right care, first time’. A wide range of common illnesses and injuries can be treated at home simply with over-the-counter medicines and plenty of rest. Often there is no shortcut to recovery – in many cases these things just need to run their course.

“Having a medicine cabinet at home with some simple over-the-counter remedies like paracetamol, ibuprofen, and anti-diarrhoea tablets is also recommended so you can treat any common illnesses or ailments yourself, without needing to see a GP. The Accident and Emergency department and 999 are for emergencies only, in serious or life-threatening situations."

The local NHS is also reminding patients with long-term conditions to make sure they have enough of their regular medication to cover them over the long Easter weekend.

Good Friday

Date Area Pharmacy Opening Time
15 April Pocklington Boots Pharmacy (Market Place) 8am-6pm
Selby Boots Pharmacy (Market Place) 8am-5:30pm
Sherburn in Elmet Boots Pharmacy (Finkle Hill) 9am-6pm
York Asda Pharmacy (Monks Cross) 10am-4pm
Boots Pharmacy (Coney Street) 9:30am-4:30pm
Boots Pharmacy (Monks Cross) 9am-6pm
Lloyds Pharmacy (Monks Cross) 10am-4pm
Tesco Pharmacy (Clifton Moor) 9am-1pm
Tesco Pharmacy (Askham Bar) 9am-1pm

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Easter Sunday

Date Area Pharmacy Opening Time
17 April


Pickering Pickering Pharmacy 11am-1pm
Selby ARC Pharmacy 12noon-1pm
York The Pharmacy Group (Wains Grove) 11am-1pm
Boots Pharmacy (East Parade) 3-5pm

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Easter Monday

Date Area Pharmacy Opening Time
18 April



Pocklington Boots Pharmacy (Market Place) 8am-6pm
Selby Rowlands Pharmacy 12noon-1pm
York

Living Care Pharmacy 11am-1pm
The Pharmacy Group (Fulford) 3-5pm
Asda Pharmacy (Monks Cross) 9:30am-4:30pm
Boots Pharmacy (Monks Cross) 9am-5pm
Lloyds Pharmacy (Monks Cross) 10am-4pm
Tesco Pharmacy (Clifton Moor) 9am-1pm
Tesco Pharmacy (Askham Bar) 9am-1pm

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