Town Bank Holiday pharmacy cover worries Carolyn

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A SEAFORD resident said she was ‘appalled’ after having to drive to Eastbourne on Easter Sunday because pharmacies in her home town were closed.

Now county councillor Carolyn Lambert (pictured) is keen to hear from fellow residents who may have experienced similar problems.

The Chapel Close resident said, “My daughter came home on the Saturday night and said it felt like she had grit in her eyes.

“The next day she really wasn’t well at all but there were no pharmacies open in Seaford – and the nearest one was in Eastbourne.

“That’s fine for me as I can get in a car but we’re the biggest town in the district and there’s not a single pharmacist open.

“It’s appalling.”

The mum-of-two, whose daughter had conjunctivitis, said she was concerned someone else could find themselves in a similar predicament with two Bank Holidays coming up over the Jubilee weekend.

She added, “I am extremely concerned about this as it could be a real problem for people without transport.

“We have two Bank Holidays coming up soon and I want to try to make sure we do have a pharmacist open in Seaford over the holiday period.”

However, a spokesperson for NHS Sussex said there would be pharmacies open in Seaford during this time and there had been a pharmacies open in Newhaven and Lewes for an hour on the Easter Sunday.

They added, “There were pharmacies open for an hour a bit closer to Seaford than Eastbourne.

“There are two opening on Monday and Tuesday Bank Holiday and people can check availability on pharmacy posters, online at www.nhs.uk or call NHS Direct on 0845 4647.”

The pharmacies open in Seaford will be the one at Morrisons, from 9am until 6pm both days, and Boots in Broad Street on the Tuesday, from 10am until 4pm.

Anyone who would like to contact Cllr Lambert can call 890976.