GP practices are going to be open on Good Friday (10 April) and Easter Monday (13 April). Pharmacies across the city will be open on Good Friday and Easter Monday from 2:00pm to 5:00pm as well as many Manchester pharmacies who are open throughout the Easter weekend.
Dr Manisha Kumar, Medical Director of Manchester Health and Care Commissioning said:
“We are expecting the long Easter weekend to be a particularly busy time for the NHS, due to the current coronavirus pandemic.”
“We hope that by keeping GP practices and pharmacies open in this way we can continue to provide care to those who need it and alleviate some of the pressure on the wider healthcare system so that our hospitals can continue to focus on those patients who are most acutely unwell.”
For your safety all Manchester’s practices are initially speaking to their patients over the telephone, video or through filling in an online consultation form. Your GP will do all they can to help you in this way so you don’t need to leave your home – however, should they feel the need to see you face to face for an examination, you will be made an appointment. Do not go into your GP practice in person without prior agreement. Please use these services responsibly and appropriately to ensure people with the most need receive care during the pandemic.
If you have coronavirus symptoms you should stay at home and self-isolate for seven days. Others in the household should self-isolate for 14 days. You can visit NHS online and use the 111 coronavirus service to get support and advice. Only call 111 if you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home or you do not have internet access; if needs be you may be directed to a COVID-19 clinic in the community. This approach will free up help for those who most need it.
If you need health advice when your GP surgery or pharmacy is closed call NHS 111 to get advice on local services which are open.
You can also visit NHS choices at www.nhs.uk
Emergency Departments (A&E) and the 999 emergency ambulance service are only there to provide vital care for life-threatening emergencies, such as loss of consciousness, suspected heart attack or stroke, severe breathing difficulties or severe bleeding that cannot be stopped. In these extreme cases call 999 immediately.
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