NHS England issue 25th May Bank Holiday opening hours information

NHS England issue 25th May Bank Holiday opening hours information

May 19, 2020

NHS England have issued the opening hours information for the upcoming bank holiday on 25th May 2020 to pharmacies NHS shared mail addresses. A pdf version of the opening hours information is available on the link below:

Pharmacy opening hours May 25 BH 2020 v2

The information is correct as at the time of publishing (18th May) and no further amendments will be made. Please ensure your DoS profiles and any advertised opening hours on NHS UK are up to date so patients are able to access sites that are open.

Please Note: GP surgeries will not be open on this bank holiday so it will be the usual OOH provision.

Recent FAQ’s:

Q. How will I claim for opening on the Early May bank Holiday (Friday 8th May) between 2-5pm?
Claims for payment for this service must be made between 25 May 2020 and 22 June 2020 via the Manage Your Service (MYS) platform provided by the NHSBSA.

The NHSBSA will make appropriate payments on 1 July 2020. The payment will not be separately itemised on the FP34 Schedule of Payments. However, the NHSBSA will issue letters to contractors who claimed to inform them of the payment made to them.

Q. If I open as directed at another time of the day and open between 2-5pm, may I claim for both?
Yes. The payment for the other opening will need to be claimed using the local procedure in place for this direction.

Q. What if I was directed locally to open for longer hours?
Contractors who remained open on the bank holiday as per a local agreement with NHSE&I should only claim for payment for up to 3 hours per day based on the number of hours they were open. If they were open for more than 3 hours, the balance must be claimed from the regional team as per local agreement. Pharmacy contractors must not duplicate claims for the same opening hours by claiming on MYS and through local arrangements.

Q. If I have been directed to open, do I claim payment for the directed hours or the national announcement?
Pharmacies are able to claim a payment for opening for at least three hours. If you were open for 3 hours, you should claim only once – the national announcement takes precedence and the claim should be made through that route.

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