Bradford Council COVID-19 Update

GP and pharmacy opening times and Vitamin D advice


Advice on the importance of vitamin D

Dietitians at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (BTHFT) have created guidance for the district’s residents around vitamin D and staying well during the coronavirus lockdown.

Many of us will be spending more time indoors while following the Government’s advice and some people won’t be able to benefit from the sunlight to make enough vitamin D.

Vitamin D is extremely important for keeping teeth and bones healthy, helping our nerves and muscles work properly and maintaining a healthy immune system. It helps to prevent Rickets in children and Osteomalacia in Adults.

Most of the vitamin D our body needs is made by the action of sunlight on the skin and is importance for staying well during the coronavirus outbreak.

You can find the advice on the BTHFT nutrition and dietetics website and the Bradford Council coronavirus advice pages.

Zak Ansari, Nutrition Improvement Dietitian for BTHFT, said:

“For those that can, you should try and spend 15 to 20 minutes outdoors in the sunshine without sunscreen between 11am and 3pm - in your garden or on a balcony for example.  You must not let your skin redden and those with darker skin may need more time in the sun to create enough vitamin D”

“However, if you are having to self isolate or are unable to go outside, you should consider taking a daily supplement containing 10 micrograms of vitamin D to ensure you stay healthy.”

“Pregnant women and those with young babies in Bradford and Airedale can get Healthy Start vitamins which include vitamin D.” 

It is particularly important for pregnant women, children, the elderly or anyone else who might have a Vitamin D deficiency.

You can also get more advice on vitamin D from the NHS website.

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Health and care services are #StillHereToHelp this bank holiday

GP opening hours

Local GPs are reminding people that health, care and support services are #StillHereToHelp during the coronavirus pandemic, including the this May bank holiday weekend.

Health and care professionals continue to be concerned that people, especially those who are older or vulnerable, are not contacting the NHS for urgent help for fears of ‘being a bother’ during the coronavirus pandemic.

People are asked not to wait until it is too late to get help with urgent health conditions. Get in touch with your GP practice by phone or go online, people are reminded not to turn up in person.

GPs and practice staff are particularly keen to hear from older and vulnerable people if there’s a change in their health that is causing a worry. The plea is also extended to those who care for someone who may spot a change in their condition that causes concern.

Appointments are happening over the phone or by a video consultation, and may be with somebody else to who you normally see. If people do need to see a health professional face to face, they will still be able to do so.

People can find the contact details of their GP practice on the NHS service finder which is available on the NHS website.

If you have symptoms of coronavirus, a new persistent cough and/or a high temperature, please visit the NHS 111 online service for advice. - do not go to a GP, pharmacy or hospital.

Pharmacy opening hours

Many pharmacies will be open for a few hours on Friday 8 May, as well as being open for their usual weekend hours over the bank holiday weekend.

Pharmacists are experts in medicines and they can help with minor health concerns such as headaches, hay fever and sickness.

As qualified healthcare professionals, they can give you clinical advice, suggest which medicines would be best to help, as well as let you know where you can go if you do need to see a different health professional such as a GP.

You do not need an appointment to get advice from a pharmacy and people can still ask for advice during the coronavirus pandemic.

Pharmacy opening times for the can be found on the NHS Bradford district and Craven CCG website.

You can find more information on general pharmacy opening times on the NHS service finder. 

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Early Years guidance for families

During the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, families with babies or young children may need additional support to stay healthy.

The following is a series of guides which will help you and your family remain healthy and safe whilst you are socially distancing yourselves.

Do you need help or support?

Need help? Call 01274 431000

If you need help or have a particular need please ring and talk to one of our friendly team who will take some details and pass them onto the relevant service. Call 01274 431000.

We can help by:

  • picking up shopping
  • delivering a food parcel to eligible people
  • ringing for a friendly chat
  • problem solving

See our website for more information about local support and volunteering to help others.

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Are you concerned about someone's safety?

If you have a concern about the safety of a child or a vulnerable adult, do not keep it to yourself. Report your concern on the Safer Bradford website. We’re available 24/7, 365 days a year.

Or call:

  • For children 01274 435600 (01274 431010 out of office hours)
  • For adults 01274 431077 (01274 431010 out of office hours)
  • If someone is at immediate risk of harm call 999

Don’t think, “What if I’m wrong?”. Think, “What if I’m right!”

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Stay at home, protect the NHS, save lives

  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or essential work
  • Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home

Stay at home

Stay safe while out for exercise

Please follow the Government’s advice when leaving your home for exercise and observe the 2 metre rule for staying a safe distance apart. For more information about where you can walk in the Bradford district, and how to stay safe while you do so, visit our public green space and rights of way guidance page.

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Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service

Only call 111 if you cannot get help online. Use the NHS 111 online service if:

  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • your condition gets worse
  • your symptoms do not get better after 7 days

Use the 111 online coronavirus service at

Helpful links

Government advice: what you need to do

NHS coronavirus advice and information

Bradford district coronavirus advice and information

Support for businesses

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