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Do your bit to help reduce pressure on local pharmacies

Residents are being asked to help reduce pressure on local pharmacies over the coming weeks.

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is placing a big demand on community pharmacy teams across the city.

Local pharmacies are working incredibly hard to make sure they can safely supply the vital medications people need while making sure they support social distancing measures to help stop the spread of coronavirus. 

They have placed limits on how many people can be in-store at any one time and are asking customers to stand two metres apart when in-store and whilst queuing. Please be patient and cooperate with this requirement, which is for both staff and customer safety.

Please do not stockpile medicines or other goods; only buy the medicines you need now for you and your family. This will ensure there are enough medicines for the whole community.

Please do not contact your pharmacy or GP surgery to order your regular medication before it is due. You should order it when you have seven to 10 days of medication left.

If you have repeat prescriptions and are self-isolating, ask a friend, neighbour or relative to pick up your medicines for you. They can drop them off outside your door, so that you can avoid face-to-face contact. And if you are collecting medication on behalf of a vulnerable person, please check with the pharmacy that it is ready to collect before visiting.

Remember, if you have symptoms of coronavirus - a new continuous cough or a high temperature - please do not visit the pharmacy. Instead, stay home and follow NHS advice on self-isolation. 

Dr Justin Varney, Director of Public Health for Birmingham City Council, said:

Community pharmacy is an essential part of our primary care healthy system. Like the rest of the NHS, pharmacists and their teams are feeling the pressure of Coronavirus, but by following these simple steps we can help reduce the demands on them. It’s important to note that some pharmacies may change their opening hours to allow for proper cleaning, restocking and dispensing prescriptions, so please check before visiting and only visit in person if absolutely necessary. 

The latest guidance around coronavirus is available from the Government and on the council’s own coronavirus pages

There’s also lots of advice on how people can protect themselves and their families from coronavirus from the NHS