Changing pharmacy opening hours in response to workforce pressures during the ongoing pandemic

Self-isolation requirements and a lack of available pharmacists (amongst other things) mean that short-notice closures/late opening/early closing incidents are continuing to happen, unavoidably, within the community pharmacy sector.

Contractors unable to find a pharmacist to staff a pharmacy may still seek to use emergency provisions introduced at the start of the pandemic to reduce temporarily the number of hours or days that they are open. But NHSE&I must agree any contractor application to use the emergency provisions, even if this is done retrospectively.

Learn more about the application of the emergency provisions