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Media Release 9 April 2020 - Local pharmacies open for urgent medication over Easter

9 Apr 2020, 11:50 AM

Urgent medication needs will be addressed this Easter with a handful of pharmacies open in Waipa, Otorohanga and Waitomo districts.

Sanders Pharmacy in Te Awamutu is the only pharmacy across the three western Waikato districts open every day over the Easter weekend between 9am and 3pm.

Western Waikato Emergency Operations Centre local controller, David Simes, said it was important for people who require regular medication to check they have enough for Easter weekend so pharmacy staff can take a well-needed break.

“Pharmacy staff have been working tirelessly over the level four lockdown to provide medication to those in need and they are some of our most at risk at this time,” Simes said.

“This is an opportunity for them to rest, recharge and spend time with their household bubble.”

On Good Friday and Easter Sunday, most shops are required to be closed under the Shop Trading Hours Repeal Act 1990, however pharmacies are exempt.

Local pharmacies in Otorohanga, Waitomo and Waipa have the following opening hours available:

 Pharmacy

Address

Good Friday

Saturday

Easter Sunday

Mon 13-Apr

Te Awamutu Pharmacy

168 Alexandra Street, Te Awamutu

Closed

9am-3pm

Closed

10am-1pm

Sanders Pharmacy

3/670 Cambridge Road, Te Awamutu

9am - 3pm

9am - 3pm

9am - 3pm

9am - 3pm

Unichem Pharmacy

156 Teasdale Street, Te Awamutu

Closed

9am - 1pm

Closed

Closed

Unichem Pharmacy

220 Bank Street, Te Awamutu

Closed

Closed

Closed

Closed

Unichem Leamington Pharmacy

127 Shakespeare Street, Leamington, Cambridge

Closed

9am - 12noon

Closed

9am - 5pm

Unichem Cambridge Pharmacy

52 Victoria Street, Cambridge

Closed

9am - 12noon

Closed

9am - 5pm

Countdown Pharmacy Cambridge

Queen Street, Cambridge

Closed

9am - 5pm**

Closed

9am - 5pm**

Comins Chemist

67 Victoria Street, Cambridge

Closed*

10am - 2pm*

Closed*

Closed*

Unichem Pharmacy

55 Maniapoto Street, Otorohanga

Closed

9am - 12:30pm

Closed

Closed

Unichem Pharmacy

105 Rora Street, Te Kuiti

Closed

9.30am - 12.30pm

Closed

Closed

Unichem Pharmacy

13 Kakamutu Road, Otorohanga

Closed

Closed

Closed

Closed

*urgent deliveries available

** hours may vary, phone to confirm

 

Simes added people who require regular medication should be checking their stocks regularly to ensure they have enough in advance.

“Obviously urgent situations do arise and if a medical emergency occurs you should dial 111.”

Supermarkets with pharmacies onsite will not have pharmacy services operating when they are open on Easter Sunday. These pharmacy services will be available on Saturday and Easter Monday.

 

Stay kind, be considerate

#manaakitanga


Media contact:

Public Information Manager - Western Waikato Emergency Operating Centre

027 382 3218 | pim@wweoc.nz