People living in South Ayrshire are being asked to check summer opening times of their community pharmacy – with some now shutting on Saturdays.

As a result of the continued impact of COVID-19, some community pharmacies have experienced workforce challenges, which has caused a number to close at short notice or operate on reduced hours.

In order to provide a more planned and sustainable service, until Saturday, August 20, some community pharmacies will be closed on Saturdays.

Roisin Kavanagh, Director of Pharmacy for NHS Ayrshire and Arran, said: “This flexible approach to how we provide community pharmacy services is to avoid last minute changes and ensure that services are sustainable and accessible to all who need them.

“From Saturday, July 9, the pharmacy you usually use may be closed on Saturdays. However, other nearby community pharmacies will be open.

“So, you will still be able to get prescription medicines, advice and support. You can also call NHS 24 on 111 for pharmacy-related questions.”

At this time of year, self-care is important too and there are some simple steps you can take to be prepared to deal with common illnesses.

Roisin added: “If you take medicines regularly and would normally collect your prescription on a Saturday, you may need to arrange to collect it on a different day if your pharmacy is one of those that is closed.

“Check your existing supplies as normal to make sure that you have enough of your medication to last, but only order what you need.”

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