May holiday openings for GP services and community pharmacies

The Scottish Government has announced that GP services and community pharmacies will remain open during the May public holidays.

By Neil McGrory, Local Democracy Reporter
Friday, 1st May 2020, 12:15 pm
Health minister Jeane Freeman said: “It is very important to stress that our NHS is open". Photo by Isabel Infantes/AFP via Getty Images
Health minister Jeane Freeman said: “It is very important to stress that our NHS is open". Photo by Isabel Infantes/AFP via Getty Images

Following the announcement, health secretary Jeane Freeman is reminding people to approach the NHS with any concerns they have, including those unrelated to coronavirus as many people have been reluctant to “burden” the health service at this time.

Ms Freeman said: “It is very important to stress that our NHS is open, so if you have non-Covid-19-related health concerns you should always contact your GP if you have any worries.

“To help with that we’ve asked our GPs and community pharmacies to remain open so that people can continue to access those local primary care services over the May public holidays.

Sign up to our daily Stornoway Gazette Today newsletter

“If you do have Covid-19 symptoms that are worsening, or haven’t improved after seven days, you should phone NHS 24 on 111 any time of the day or night.

“Our health and social care staff are already working incredibly hard to look after people during this pandemic, and I want to thank each and every one of them for their ongoing commitment and dedication during this unprecedented time.”