National hotline reveals nearest pharmacy to undergo Covid-19 test

Linha 1400 – the National Pharmaceutical Assistance Hotline – has started providing information on the nearest pharmacies to undergo a Covid-19 test.

By either calling the hotline or visiting the www.1400safe.pt website, you can learn which pharmacies to visit to schedule a Covid-19 test.

The Linha 1400 hotline was launched by national pharmacies shortly after the first lockdown in 2020.

Says Marisa Gomes, who is in charge of the hotline’s call centre, this new service is helping Portugal emerge from lockdown “safely and responsibly, and is thus extremely useful to the population”.

During its first year, the hotline received around 74,000 calls – 43% of which were made at night.

The hotline is free and was launched to ensure citizens have access to medicine and pharmaceutical advice during the pandemic. It is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

michael.bruxo@algarveresident.com