AYRSHIRE pharmacies have changed their opening hours in reaction to the current coronavirus outbreak.

Pharmacies will now open an hour later and close on hour earlier than their normal opening hours.

This is to ensure they can be fully stocked of medicine supplies during the current COID-19 pandemic.

Dr Crawford McGuffie, Medical Director said: “We need to ensure pharmacies are open to maintain medicine supplies. Pharmacy staff need time to clean premises to protect the public and themselves and catch up with the overwhelming increase in prescription volume.

“We do ask members of the public to be patient and allow extra dispensing time before collecting your prescription.

“And remember, if you have any coronavirus symptoms, please ask someone else to collect your medicines for you.”

For information on the normal pharmacy opening hours, please visit www.nhsinform.scot.

The best way to protect yourself and others against coronavirus (COVID-19) is to wash your hands with soap and water, or use a sanitiser gel, regularly throughout the day.

For the latest health and travel advice, visit https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/coronavirus-covid-19

A free helpline has been set up for those who do not have symptoms but are looking for general health advice: 0800 028 2816.

If you have concerns about Coronavirus (COVID-19) and are worried about symptoms, you should call your GP or NHS 24 (111).