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Lloydspharmacy to charge new patients for home deliveries

Lloydspharmacy will start charging new customers for medicines deliveries to their homes, it has exclusively revealed to C+D.

The multiple is also “planning a pilot for charging all customers” for deliveries, it added.

Update: Costs confirmed

The delivery charges for new customers will be introduced across Lloydspharmacy “over the next few weeks”, Celesio UK confirmed to C+D this afternoon.

Patients will be charged £35 for a six-month subscription to the service, and £60 for the 12-month subscription.

Catherine McDermott, operations director at Lloydspharmacy's parent company Celesio UK, told C+D that the announcement is the multiple’s attempt to “take the lead” on the sector’s attitude towards medicines deliveries.

“Independent pharmacies may choose to follow our lead, some may not, but I believe that a multiple pharmacy making the first move allows smaller operators to make a choice.”

“One-to-one contact with a healthcare professional allows us to reinforce lifestyle messages, educate patients about their medicine and can contribute to adherence,” she added. “Bringing customers back into pharmacy allows us to perform those interventions more frequently.”

She also stressed that Lloydspharmacy patients “will still have access to a number of other options”.

“Our online service provides free delivery of prescriptions, and we also offer ‘click and collect’.”

The announcement comes less than three weeks after Celesio UK managing director Cormac Tobin announced his surprise resignation, and less than a month after the multiple revealed it would cease trading in 190 locations.

Read Ms McDermott's comment piece for C+D here for a full explanation of why Lloydspharmacy has made this decision, and how she predicts it could affect the sector.

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