Opening hours are changing at community pharmacies in Largs and surrounding area.

The NHS decision has been taken in order to ensure community pharmacies are open during the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak to provide essential medical supplies.

Pharmacies across the region will now open one hour later and close one hour earlier than their normal opening hours.

They will also close for one hour at lunch time.

Dr Crawford McGuffie, Medical Director explains: “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 any coronavirus symptoms, please ask someone else to collect your medicines for you.”

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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.

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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).