Accessing your health services over the Easter holidays

Thursday, April 9, 2020

This Easter, we are reassuring residents that they will still have access to medical advice and support over the bank holiday weekend.

Unlike previous years local GP surgeries will be operating regular weekday opening hours on Good Friday (10 April) and Easter Monday (13 April) to help the NHS cope with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Due to the coronavirus outbreak GP practices have made some changes to the usual way that you access their services. This means in the first instance you should phone your practice or contact them online to get advice, rather than visiting your surgery in person.

Dr Rob Caudwell, chair of NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “It’s safe to say that none of us have ever experienced the changes in our society that we’re experiencing due to coronavirus but we are determined to provide our residents with the best healthcare possible over the Easter Bank Holiday and throughout this period for all their healthcare needs.

“To help stop the spread of coronavirus, if you do need to contact your GP it is important that you telephone first, rather that visit the practice.

“Our pharmacies will be open on both Good Friday and Easter Monday from 2-5pm and some will be open on Easter Sunday. Please be aware that beyond the bank holiday the opening times for pharmacies and the way that they operate has also altered due to coronavirus.

“All these measures are essential to protect all of our patients and staff and to provide you with continued advice about the usual range of ongoing and non-coronavirus illnesses.”

Dr Craig Gillespie, chair of NHS South Sefton CCG, said: “Don’t forget that there’s support for you and advice on our websites and in this digital age you can download the NHS App for free, which allows you to order repeat prescriptions.

“Remember, if you can’t get out to pick up your medicines due to the current Government advice on coronavirus you can ask a trusted family member, friend or neighbour to collect your medicines once the prescription is ready for collection. If you have no one to help and are shielded or self-isolating then contact Sefton Council’s helpline for support - 0345 140 0845.

“Finally, I would urge you to follow the guidelines and advice about dealing with the coronavirus and above all – Stay Home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives”

If you require urgent medical help you can call 111 or visit, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; please remember that the service is experiencing a huge demand during this time, so your patience is appreciated.

If you have symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature or a new, continuous cough), use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service

Litherland Walk-in Centre is open 8am-8pm every day. However, all patients are now being asked to call 0300 100 1004 where they will be given advice on the call and where necessary, an appointment will be allocated at the walk-in centre.

The Urgent Treatment Centre in Ormskirk and the Walk-in Centre in Skelmersdale will be treating minor injuries only and have moved to booked appointments. Call 01695 402180 first.

In addition, local NHS Walk-in Centres across Liverpool will continue to operate daily between 8am–8pm, with the exception of the city centre one on Hanover Street. However, people need to call first on 0300 100 1004 to arrange an appointment.

The NHS App is available to download and has some really useful options that can help to support you and your family at home such as reordering prescriptions, and up to date COVID-19 advice access 111 Online, for advice on self-care and whether urgent help is needed.

Pharmacies will be open on both Good Friday (10 April) and Easter Monday (13 April) from 2-5pm and some will be open on Easter Sunday (12 April). You should contact your local chemist directly for its exact hours of business on all of these days.


Easter bank holiday - Pharmacy open times 

All pharmacies should be open from 2pm-5pm on Good Friday (10 April) and Easter Monday (13 April) but it's important to check your local chemist's exact operating times by giving them a call first.

A number of pharmacies will also be open on Easter Sunday - this table shows pharmacies planning to open on Easter Sunday (correct as of 9 April.) Please do contact directly to check before you travel. You can find contact details for all pharmacies in Sefton by searching here.

Pharmacy Phone Public Address Postcode Postal Locality EASTER SUNDAY
Day Lewis Pharmacy - The Crescent - Thornton 0151 931 3333 3 The Crescent, Thornton, Liverpool L23 4TA Thornton 14:00:00-16:00:00
Boots - South Road - Waterloo 0151 928 3070 66-68 South Road, Waterloo, Liverpool L22 0LY Waterloo 12:00:00-14:00:00
Station Pharmacy - Station Road - Maghull 0151 526 1805 24 Station Road, Maghull L31 3DB Maghull 10:00:00-12:00:00
Kellys Pharmacy - Altway - Aintree 0151 526 8140 195 Altway, Liverpool L10 6LB Aintree 12:00:00-14:00:00
Daveys Chemist - Randall Drive - Litherland 0151 476 0007 69 Randall Drive, Ford L30 2PB NETHERTON 12:00:00-14:00:00
Rowlands Pharmacy - Sefton Road - Litherland 0151 928 5513 106 Sefton Road, Litherland, Liverpool L21 9HQ Litherland 10:00:00-12:00:00
Whitworth Chemist - Moore St - Bootle 0151 922 7062 90 Moore Street, Bootle L20 4SF Bootle 14:00:00-16:00:00
Boots - Cambridge Road - Churchtown 01704 232 464 131 - 135 Cambridge Road, Southport PR9 9SD Southport 10:00:00-12:00:00
Cambridge Road Pharmacy - Southport 01704 227 065 137 Cambridge Road , Inside Churchtown Medical Centre, Southport PR9 7LT SOUTHPORT 14:00:00-16:00:00