Keep community pharmacies closed over the Easter bank holiday weekend.

Keep community pharmacies closed over the Easter bank holiday weekend.

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Geeta Sharma started this petition to Department of Health

Other than hospitals, community pharmacies are the only frontline NHS service still offering a face-to-face service with patients.

This means that patient demand for advice and reassurance has moved to us and we are seeing a much greater number of patients including vulnerable people.

The amount of requests for medication both over the counter and prescribed has reached unprecedented levels. Pharmacies have stepped up to meet this demand.

Pharmacies are also facing staffing issues as there are team members who are needing to self-isolate for 7 - 14 days or 12 weeks.

Team members are exhausted both physically and mentally. Many have also received abuse from customers.

Typically the majority of pharmacies close over the Easter bank holiday weekend. A number of pharmacies are open to ensure people can access their medicines or obtain emergency prescriptions.

This break is needed by a flagging workforce more than ever right now. With just a week’s notice the department of health told pharmacies today that they will need to open next weekend. 


This announcement has only served to worsen staff morale.

Please sign this petition to show your support for your local community pharmacy and allow the hard working staff a couple of much needed rest days with their families.

 

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