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VE day celebrations

By Lorna Pardoe Uffington Parish Council

Thursday, 7 May 2020


Uffington Parish Council Contributor



DATE: 06 May 2020

People urged to stay at home to celebrate VE Day bank holiday

People are urged to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives this VE Day May bank holiday say health bosses at Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).

With another long weekend ahead and the weather improving, people are urged to stay at home to celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day and to only go out if essential or to travel to work.

GP practices will be open across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin during normal opening times on Friday, 8 May, although people may be asked to attend a different practice if a face-to-face appointment is needed.

Pharmacies will also be open between 2pm and 5pm with some pharmacies planning to open for longer.

Also open are Urgent Treatment Centres at the Whitchurch and Bridgnorth Minor Injury Units, which have been temporarily relocated from the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford and the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.

Dr Julian Povey, Chair of NHS Shropshire CCG and local GP, said: “The 75th Anniversary of VE Day is incredibly important and we should never forget the sacrifices made during conflicts, but today preventing the spread of coronavirus is a significant priority and it’s important not to undermine the effort individuals and communities have made over the last seven weeks.

“I urge people to only go out if they need to shop for necessities such as food and medicine or for one form of exercise per day, either by themselves or with members of their household. People should continue to maintain two metres social distancing from anyone who is not in their household to help prevent the spread of the virus.”

Dr Jo Leahy, Chair of NHS Telford and Wrekin CCG and local GP, said: “If medical help is needed during the bank holiday weekend contact NHS 111 either online or by phone. If you need to see a GP, practices will be open on the bank holiday Friday.”

If you need urgent medical help, use the NHS 111 online service, or if you cannot get help online, call 111. If it’s a serious life-threatening emergency, call 999.


Note to Editors:

NHS Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group

NHS Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is responsible for the planning and commissioning (buying) of health and care services from a range of providers for the people of Shropshire. It also has a duty to monitor these services to ensure they provide a high level of care and are value for money.

It is a clinically led organisation with 40 GP Practices and it provides healthcare services for patients across the County registered with a local GP. The CCG buys a wide range of services and these include GP and primary care services through to hospital care as well as community services and mental health services.

The CCG’s Head Office is based at William Farr House in Shrewsbury.

NHS Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group

NHS Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) brings together the 14 GP Practices in the Telford and Wrekin area, working together to commission health services for local patients.

We also work with external partners including health service providers, Telford and Wrekin Council and the voluntary sector.

The CCG’s Head Office is based at Halesfield, Telford.

For further information please call 0333 150 1602 or email: [email protected]

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