Chemist + Druggist is part of Informa PLC


This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC’s registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.


This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use. Please do not redistribute without permission.

Printed By

UsernamePublicRestriction

Rowlands considers closing Swindon branch in ‘consolidation’ drive

Rowlands pharmacy is considering closing one of its branches in Swindon, south-west England, as it continues to “review” and consolidate its network “where possible”.

The multiple’s branch in Rodbourne Road, Swindon, is currently “under review” and “Rowlands is working closely with all parties involved to ensure the future care needs of the local and surrounding communities are carefully considered”, a spokesperson told C+D last week (February 2).

“Due to government pharmacy funding restrictions, we are continually reviewing our network of branches across England and consolidating where possible,” the spokesperson said.

This is to allow the multiple to “provide more patient services, which is what the pharmacy contract now requires”, they added.

C+D asked Rowlands whether more of its branches are at risk of closure, but the multiple did not wish to comment further at this stage.

Petition to save pharmacy

Jim Robbins, a Labour councillor with Swindon Borough Council, has launched a petition to keep the pharmacy open. The petition has been co-signed by fellow Labour councillors Kevin Small and Steph Exell.

According to the petition – which had collected nearly 700 signatures at the time of publication – a consultation was launched to transfer the services of the Rowlands branch in Rodbourne Road to another Rowlands pharmacy in Park Lane, a 10-minute walk away.

“We believe that this is a bad decision for Rodbourne residents, as the route for residents is narrow and not fully accessible and there is very limited parking available at Park Lane pharmacy,” the councillors wrote in the petition.

“The best outcome would be to keep both pharmacies open, supporting their local residents. We will be responding to the consultation to share residents’ views and want to use this petition to show the strength of feeling against the plan,” they added.  

Rowlands told C+D in December that it had decided to halt the sale of 12 of its branches due to a “tough” market. The multiple had originally put the pharmacies up for sale in February 2019.

In November last year, Rowlands told C+D  it had approached its landlords for a rent reduction and that “local crippling rentals” and the pharmacy funding austerity in England was pushing many pharmacies “to the point of closure”. 

In February 2020, a C+D investigation found that Rowlands had closed nine of its pharmacies between May 2018 and October 2019.

Related Content

Topics



Pharmacist Managers - Recruiting Now !
East London, Essex and Luton
£40,000 - £50,000 per year

Apply Now
UsernamePublicRestriction

Register

CD006990

Ask The Analyst

Please Note: You can also Click below Link for Ask the Analyst
Ask The Analyst

Thank you for submitting your question. We will respond to you within 2 business days. my@email.address.

All fields are required.

Please make sure all fields are completed.

Please make sure you have filled out all fields

Please make sure you have filled out all fields

Please enter a valid e-mail address

Please enter a valid Phone Number

Ask your question to our analysts

Cancel