Chemists have changed their opening hours in reaction to the current coronavirus outbreak.

Pharmacies will now open an hour later and close on hour earlier than their normal opening hours.

This is to ensure they can be fully stocked of medicine supplies during the pandemic.

Dr Crawford McGuffie, Medical Director said: “We need to ensure pharmacies are open to maintain medicine supplies. Pharmacy staff need time to clean premises to protect the public and themselves and catch up with the overwhelming increase in prescription volume.

“We do ask members of the public to be patient and allow extra dispensing time before collecting your prescription.

“And remember, if you have any coronavirus symptoms, please ask someone else to collect your medicines for you.”

Ayrshire’s NHS has reduced visiting hours.

NHS Ayrshire and Arran have asked members of the public to only visit patients if absolutely essential.

The health board has taken the decision to restrict visiting times and number of visitors at all hospitals due to the pandemic.

Visiting times are now 3pm til 4pm and 7pm til 8pm.