Christmas Bank Holiday Opening

Christmas Bank Holiday Opening

December 1, 2020

In today’s Primary Care Bulletin email, NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) confirmed that there is currently no intention to issue a national or regional direction for community pharmacies to open on Bank Holidays over the coming Christmas and New Year period, as happened at Easter this year.

NHSE&I indicated it was extremely grateful for the huge commitment this year from all those in primary care and recognised that the need to preserve public holidays has never been more important, to provide some additional and much needed time to recharge. However, many community pharmacies will be open during the festive season and over the Government’s Christmas bubble arrangements, as this year Boxing Day (Saturday 26th December) is a normal working day for the purposes of community pharmacy opening hours.

In addition, NHSE&I Regional Teams may have agreed or directed Bank Holiday opening (for Christmas Day, the Bank Holiday substitute day on Monday 28th December and Friday 1st January 2021) to cover estimated local demand for pharmacy services; and other pharmacies will be open on some of the Bank Holidays as part of normal working arrangements.

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