Local people are urged to be ready for Easter by planning ahead and being aware of where to go over the Easter bank holidays and using NHS services appropriately.

The Easter holiday period can be a very busy time for NHS services. GP surgeries will be closed during the Easter weekend, including Good Friday (Friday 30 March) and Easter Monday (Monday 2 April). By re-stocking their medicine cabinets if needed, knowing when their GP surgery is open and planning ahead for any necessary repeat prescriptions, people can ensure they make the most of the Easter holiday.

It is also worth checking your general medicine cabinet prior to the Bank holiday to make sure it is well stocked with essentials such as paracetamol, cough and cold remedies, antihistamines and plasters and bandages. These can all be bought cheaply from supermarkets or pharmacies and your local pharmacist can also provide free, confidential, expert advice and treatment for a variety of common complaints

Pharmacists are highly trained professionals with a wealth of knowledge of how to deal with common ailments that are prevalent at this time of year. Illnesses such as coughs, colds, stomach bugs, indigestion or hangovers can all be dealt with simple remedies bought over the counter with advice from the pharmacist.

Speaking on behalf of NHS Blackpool and NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Groups, Dr John Calvert, a Blackpool GP and clinical advisor at NHS Blackpool Clinical Commissioning Group said: “People who attend the accident and emergency department with minor ailments could face a lengthy wait to be seen whilst staff prioritise the serious and life-threatening emergencies. Many people could be better off visiting a pharmacist or looking after themselves at home.

“The other services such as the Walk-In and Same-Day Health Centres should be kept free for those who are in need of treatment for an urgent complaint.

“Anyone who is feeling unwell and isn’t sure what they should do can always ring 111 for help and advice on where to go and who to see.”

The Walk-In Centre on Whitegate Drive in Blackpool will be open from 8am to 8pm every day through-out the Easter period, including bank holidays with some extra provision. The Same Day Health Centre in Fleetwood will be open from 8am to 8pm everyday through-out the Easter break, including bank holidays. Please call 0300 123 1144 to book an appointment at the Same Day Health Centre before visiting.

Additionally in Blackpool the North West Ambulance Service and Blackpool’s Community Nursing Team will be offering Blackpool’s Night Safe Haven Easter Weekend on Good Friday and Easter Saturday. The service offers refuge and support for late night revellers enjoying a night out in the town. They will be in the town centre in the Safe Haven bus between 9.30pm and 3.30am.

GPs will be open as usual except on the Easter bank holidays (Good Friday and Easter Monday).

On Good Friday the following pharmacies will be open:

  • Blackpool
    • Boots UK, 28-38 Bank Hey Street, 9am – 5.30pm
    • Lloyds Pharmacy, 110 Talbot Road, 11am – 4pm
    • Lloyds Pharmacy, Sainsbury’s Store, 9am – 7pm
    • Tesco Pharmacy, Tesco Extra, 9am – 6pm
    • Morrison’s Pharmacy, Morrison Supermarket, 10am – 4pm
    • Whitegate Pharmacy, Whitegate Health Centre, 8am – 9pm
  • Fylde
    • Boots, 64-66 Clifton Street, Lytham St Annes, 9am – 5.30pm
    • Lloyds Pharmacy, St. Andrews Road North, St Annes, 9am – 7pm
  • Wyre
    • ASDA Pharmacy, Dock Street, Fleetwood, 9am – 6pm
    • Boots, 39 Victoria Road West, Cleveleys, 9am – 5.30pm
    • WM Morrisons Pharmacy, Amounderness Way, Thornton, 10am-6pm

On Easter Sunday, the following pharmacies will be open:

  • Blackpool
    • Whitegate Pharmacy, Whitegate Health Centre,8am – 9pm
    • Lloyds Pharmacy, 110 Talbot Road, 9am-5.30pm
  • Fylde
    • Boots, 64-66 Clifton Street, Lytham St Annes, 11am – 2pm
    • Wesham Pharmacy, 22 Station Road, Wesham, 10am – 1pm
  • Wyre
    • O’Briens Pharmacy, Fleetwood Health & Wellbeing Centre, Dock Street, Fleetwood, 9am – 8pm

On Easter Monday the following pharmacies will be open::

  • Blackpool
    • Boots UK, 28-38 Bank Hey Street, 10am – 5pm
    • Lloyds Pharmacy, 110 Talbot Road, 11am – 4pm
    • Lloyds Pharamcy, J Sainsbury Store, 9am – 7pm
    • MJ Moore Pharmacy, 9am – 5.30pm
    • Tesco Pharmacy, Tesco Extra, 9am – 6pm
    • Morrison’s Pharmacy, Morrison Supermarket, 10am – 4pm
    • Whitegate Pharmacy, Whitegate Health Centre, 8am – 9pm
  • Fylde
    • Boots, 64-66 Clifton Street, Lytham St Annes, 10am – 4pm
    • Lloyds pharmacy, St. Andrews Road North, St Annes, 9am – 7pm
  • Wyre
    • ASDA Pharmacy, Dock Street, Fleetwood, 9am – 6pm
    • Boots, 39 Victoria Road West, Cleveleys, 10am – 4pm
    • WM Morrisons Pharmacy, Amounderness Way, Thornton, 10am – 4pm

A full list of Easter opening times for pharmacies and other services across the Fylde Coast is available at www.whyaande.nhs.uk/easter


Notes to editors:

For further information about this press release please call the communications team at NHS Blackpool CCG on 01253 951349.