Pharmacies and GP practices will be open in Tameside on May bank holiday (Friday 8 May) in addition to other available primary health care services.
Residents are reminded not to visit their GP practice, pharmacy or hospital if they are showing symptoms of COVID-19 – a dry, persistent cough, fever or shortness of breath.
Due to the current concerns about coronavirus and in line with guidance from Public Health England, GP practices are taking measures to ensure the safety of all its patients and staff.
Patients are advised to telephone their GP practice in the first instance or to check the practice website for details about accessing their GP via online consultation.
Anyone with a pre-booked appointment will receive a telephone triage prior to attending the practice. All new appointment requests will be booked as a telephone triage in the first instance.
Pharmacies will operate between 2pm and 5pm on 8 May to dispense prescriptions and residents are advised to only order medication if it is necessary. Some pharmacies will take the decision to open for longer.
Avoid ordering extra months of medication just to stockpile. The number of requests for delivery of medicines due to the COVID-19 pandemic has increased and residents are advised to use this service if they have no other option. This will help to ensure that pharmacies have the ability to deliver to those who are in need.
Anyone needing urgent medical help and not sure what to do can contact NHS 111 online at 111.nhs.uk (for people aged 5 and over only) or call 111 who are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
For those who are self-isolating, and are struggling to access medication with no support available, please call our helpline on 0161 342 8355
For a full list of pharmacy opening times and other available health care services including emergency support visit: https://www.