Pharmacists ‘concerned’ over customers attending chemists with symptoms of COVID-19

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PHARMACISTS in the mid west have expressed concern about customers showing symptoms of Coronavirus attending at pharmacies in the region.

A HSE spokesman confirmed this evening: “There is concern within community pharmacy in the Mid West in relation to Covid-19, with many members of the public attending their local pharmacy with symptoms.”

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“There are also reports of non-attendance or even reluctance to attend for testing,” they said.

People have been reminded to:

  • not attend a pharmacy, GP or hospital if you have symptoms of Covid-19, are awaiting a test/result, are a close contact of a confirmed case or are a confirmed case of Covid-19
  • Attend for a test if advised to do so by your GP
  • If you have flu like symptoms, it is highly likely that you have Covid-19 and must contact your GP. Pharmacists can help with symptom management once your GP has been contacted, but you must not attend the pharmacy. The Pharmacist will consult over the telephone.
  • Pharmacies are operating differently, with reduced access to the pharmacy in many cases. It is important to ring ahead and order prescriptions and other items to limit contact

The HSE said that people can also avail of the Community Call service to pick up messages from pharmacies.

The service is provided by the following local authorities:

Clare County Council – 1800 203 600 / [email protected]

Limerick City and County Council – 1800 832 005 / [email protected]e

Tipperary County Council – 0761 06 5000 / [email protected]