Pharmacies to open for three hours on early May bank holiday
Community pharmacies in England will be expected to open for three hours on the May 8 bank holiday, NHS England & Improvement has confirmed.
In its April 24 primary care bulletin, NHSE&I said its expectation for Friday May 8 is that community pharmacies will open from 2pm to 5pm, though some exceptions may be agreed in advance with regional NHSE&I teams.Â
Planned community pharmacy bank holiday cover is to proceed unless otherwise agreed with regional teams.
The level of funding has not yet been announced. PSNC said it would be â€œpressing for funding to cover the additional cost that opening for additional hours â€“ at short notice and on a bank holiday â€“ will bring for contractors who are already struggling to make ends meetâ€.
Pharmacies in England received Â£750 per day for opening for three hours on Good Friday and Easter Monday.
NHSE&I said in its bulletin on Friday that Easter opening â€œhad a positive impact on the wider health and social care system where it was needed mostâ€.
However, it acknowledged that demand levels were variable â€œand with more notice local primary care capacity could have been better matched in some areasâ€. It said it was â€œreviewing the data on activity as it becomes availableâ€.
A formal announcement on the bank holiday opening requirements is expected over the next few days.