Christmas & New Year Bank Holiday opening hours 2020/21

Christmas & New Year Bank Holiday opening hours 2020/21

December 15, 2020

With the countdown to Christmas underway many people across Surrey and Sussex will be wanting to plan ahead for the big day and the holidays that come with it.

Community pharmacy will be open all over Sussex and Surrey but will be operating at different hours than usual during the Christmas period, so patients and residents are being reminded that it is best to plan ahead to make sure they don’t end up without the vital healthcare and medicines they need.

Most pharmacies will be closed on Christmas Day (25 December), Bank Holiday Monday (28 December) and New Year’s Day (1 January 2021) over the Christmas period.

​As Boxing Day falls on a Saturday this year Monday 28 December is the substitute Bank holiday.

The majority of the pharmacies in the Sussex and Surrey will be open on Saturday 26 December, although please note that their opening times may vary to their normal Saturday opening hours. NHS pharmacy finder

Find out who is open, and their opening hours on the three bank holiday days.

Information collated and supplied by NHS England

Suspected or confirmed case of COVID? Residents are being urged not to visit a pharmacy if they test positive or have symptoms – dry persistent cough, fever or shortness of breath. Pharmacy staff must be kept safe so they can continue to serve their communities. Pharmacy teams may be able to offer advice about prescription delivery options for people not able to ask friends, family or close neighbours to pick-up prescriptions for them

Helping communities feel prepared ahead of Christmas

Over the next week we will be sharing tips on social media from @CPSS_LPCs on how to get the best out of community pharmacy this festive season and ensure a positive experience for everyone. Information and reminders will include:

Need to find a pharmacy over the festive period? Why not use the NHS pharmacy finder to find y

Click on the links above left to find out who is open, and their opening hours on the three bank holiday days, Information collated and supplied by NHS England

our closest store. Remember to avoid pharmacies if you, or someone you live with, is showing symptoms of Covid-19.

Prepare by ordering your repeat prescription. Make sure you have enough medication to last over the festive season, or re-order around seven days before you are due to run out.

If you receive medicine on repeat prescription, you can now use several apps and websites to order online. You, or a friend or relative, can then collect your medicines from a pharmacy or have them delivered to your home (where available).

When you order a repeat prescription online, you can have your prescription sent electronically to a pharmacy or dispenser of your choice. This means you no longer need to collect a paper prescription from your GP surgery.

Help save pharmacy deliveries for priority patients. Why not ask a friend, family member or carer if they can pick up your prescription? If you have been told you are clinically extremely vulnerable, ask your pharmacy for advice.

Collecting a prescription for someone else? Here’s some useful advice to help you. This useful poster lists key pieces of information for people who are picking-up medicines from a pharmacy on behalf of someone else.

Don’t stockpile medicine. Community pharmacy teams are working hard to make sure that all patients continue to have access to the medicines they need, when they need them. Please only order what you need.

Keep medicine cabinets stocked. Be prepared with a small stock of medical essentials like a thermometer and painkillers, such as paracetamol, at home. Why not use the walk-in services at your local pharmacy to ask for advice on what you should keep in your cabinet?

Respect pharmacy staff. Community pharmacists are critical healthcare providers and deliver vital support as part of the NHS family. Please be patient and polite to staff where there are changes to usual services, or if things take longer than usual over this busy period.

NHS 111 for Urgent care If you need urgent medical help or advice for non-life-threatening conditions, visit or call 111.

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