PEOPLE have been queuing in the street to pick up prescriptions as the coronavirus outbreak continues to have an impact on everyday life.

There was a long line of people waiting to enter Boots in the High Street, Pershore, at the weekend with some said to have been waiting for hours.

Stuart Mason, who snapped the picture from his car on Saturday said: “I am disgusted with the boots store in Pershore.

“There are elderly and disabled people waiting for four hours on the street for prescriptions."

Penny Barrow said: “Please do something to sort out boots in Pershore. People [are] waiting over an hour to pick up prescriptions. I know it's difficult times but this is ridiculous.”

It is not clear why the long queue had formed although after warnings about 'panic buying' last week some shops, including Boots, have limited the number of customers allowed into a shop at one time and the number of items they can buy in one go.

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However, Liz Clarke who works at Kitsons Pharmacy in Broad Street, Worcester, said: “When the virus first broke out, we had long lines of people outside, but we keep in touch with our patients on social media so, for example, they don’t come at lunch time as we close the shop for half an hour - something we’ve never done before - to deep clean to protect staff and customers as much as we can.

“Our delivery team is busy though, delivering 50 prescriptions daily with two drivers Monday to Friday and one driver at the weekend. Deliveries at the weekend is something we’ve not done for a very long time.”

A spokesperson for Boots said:“We would like to thank all our customers for their patience and support at this difficult time.

"Our pharmacy teams are working incredibly hard to make sure all our patients get the vital prescriptions, advice and medicines that they need. Some of our patients are on specialist medicines programmes which means they have set appointment dates and times to get their prescriptions as part of their ongoing care.

"As well as the higher than usual demand for medicines, and colleague shortages due to the need to self isolate we are also implementing social distancing guidelines.