Christmas?? It may be August but NHS England need to know your opening intentions…


Christmas?? It may be August but NHS England need to know your opening intentions…

August 6, 2020

To All West Midlands Pharmacies

Dear Colleagues

In order to provide a complete picture of pharmacies opening on:

  • Friday 25th December 2020;
  • Monday 28th December 2020;
  • Friday 1st January 2021;

can please you complete the Short Online Form and submit no later than 17:00 Friday 4th September 2020.

The form takes a matter of minutes to complete and the information you provide will be collated and shared across the system, however you will still need to update DoS and NHS.UK profiles.

This is a voluntary opening and does not attract a payment unless a Direction is put in place by the Team.

Please note, Saturday 26th December 2020 is not a public holiday and contracted hours will apply.

Best wishes,

Pharmacy Team – West Midlands

NHS England and NHS Improvement – Midlands

LPC Notes:

  • If you are wishing to make changes to Supplementary Hours for any days over the Christmas/New Year period, these must be notified using the relevant form with THREE MONTHS’ NOTICE  to NHSE/I – for Christmas Eve for example, notification must be received by them on or before 23rd September;
  • Any intention to change Core Hours requires consent from NHSE/I – this is not guaranteed and application (again on the relevant form) should be made as soon as possible to allow time for the determination (and subsequent appeal) to take place.
  • Information on Opening Hours (including over Bank & Public holidays) and links to the relevant forms can be found on the PSNC website at
  • If you are unsure about any aspect, please contact the LPC for advice.

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