NHS Services over Easter

The local NHS expects to see an increase in pressures on the health system from next week as lockdown rules are eased and the Easter bank holidays close some services.

As GP surgeries and some pharmacies will be closed for the bank holiday people need to know where to go if they do become unwell – including not going to A&E unless it is a real emergency.

Adelaide Street Surgery & Harris Medical Centre will be closed during the Easter weekend, including Good Friday and Easter Monday on the second and fifth of April. However you will still be able to access primary care health professionals via the pre-bookable evening and weekend appointments booked by calling your own GP practice or calling 01253 952950.

Many minor illnesses, ailments and injuries can be treated at home. Coughs, colds, sore throats, upset stomachs and aches and pains can be treated with a well-stocked medicine cabinet and plenty of rest. You can get everything you need as well as expert advice from your local pharmacy.

Many pharmacies will be operating under reduced opening hours over the Easter weekend.

On Good Friday pharmacies will be open at:

  • Morrisons Pharmacy, Squires Gate Lane, Blackpool, 10am-6pm
  • Whitegate Pharmacy, Whitegate Health Centre, Whitegate Drive Blackpool 8am-9pm
  • Boots Pharmacy, 14-16 Lancaster Gate 8.30am-6pm
  • Lloyds in Sainsburys, St Andrews Road North, St Annes-on-Sea, 10am-4pm
  • Morrisons Pharmacy, Amounderness Way, Thornton-Cleveleys, 10am-4p

On Easter Sunday pharmacies will be open at:

  • HBS Pharmacy, Newton Drive Health Centre, Newton Drive, Blackpool
  • Whitegate Pharmacy, Whitegate Health Centre, Whitegate Drive Blackpool 8am-9pm
  • Johns Chemist, 288 Poulton Road, Fleetwood, 10am-1pm
  • Kepple Lane Pharmacy, Kepple Lane, Garstang, 10am-1pm
  • Wesham Pharmacy, 22 Station Road, Wesham 10am-1pm

On Easter Monday pharmacies will be open at:

  • Morrisons Pharmacy, Squires Gate Lane, Blackpool, 10am-4pm
  • Whitegate Pharmacy, Whitegate Health Centre, Whitegate Drive Blackpool 8am-9pm
  • Lloyds in Sainsburys, St Andrews Road North, St Annes-on-Sea, 10am-4pm
  • Morrisons Pharmacy, Amounderness Way, Thornton-Cleveleys, 10am-4pm

For anything more serious, that doesn’t require a 999 response, people are urged to contact NHS 111 by phone or online first. The service has been expanded during the pandemic and is now the best way to access urgent care services. The trained call handlers will be able to direct you to the right service for your needs including a number of hospital specialities. If you do need to go to hospital or to an urgent treatment centre the system in place will notify the service so you are expected. If the service is busy you will be given a timeslot to arrive, so you don’t have to wait around when you get there.