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Revealed: Location of 7 Lloydspharmacies closing across England

Lloydspharmacy at 41 High Street, Biggleswade, closed in January (Credit: The Local Data Company)
Lloydspharmacy at 41 High Street, Biggleswade, closed in January (Credit: The Local Data Company)

C+D has confirmed the locations of seven Lloydspharmacies closing across England, including one area where it has resulted in “long queues” at a neighbouring pharmacy.

Two of the branches are located in Bournemouth – on Southbourne Grove, and Wimbourne Road – and the others are on Riley Square in Coventry, on Melbourne Street in Stalybridge, Greater Manchester, Biggleswade in Bedfordshire, and a branch attached to a GP surgery in Portishead, near Bristol.

A further branch will close in Salisbury – on Minster Street – next week (March 13).

The seven pharmacies are part of the 190 “commercially unviable” Lloydspharmacy branches in England where parent company Celesio UK is ceasing trading. C+D has now confirmed the location of 54 of these pharmacies (see map below). The multiple would not confirm the remaining 136 branches.

Commenting on the closure of Lloydspharmacy at 41 High Street, Biggleswade, the town's deputy mayor Madeline Russell told C+D that she had received reports of “long queues to see the pharmacist or pick up prescriptions” at another Lloydspharmacy in Biggleswade, on Market Square.

“I rather think things are going to get worse,” she told C+D. “It’s a shame because we need more pharmacists,” she added.

Lloydspharmacy response

A spokesperson for Lloydspharmacy confirmed to C+D today (March 6) that service at the Market Square branch "has been below the high standards that we set ourselves" since its High Street branch closed at the end of January.

"Since closing our store on the High Street, we have experienced a higher than anticipated demand which, combined with personnel challenges and the bad weather, has resulted in slower than normal service," Lloydspharmacy said.

"The team are working hard to clear the backlog with regional management support, and we hope to be back to our normal standards as soon as possible."

The multiple said it would "welcome the opportunity to discuss [Ms Russell's] concerns in more detail".

C+D has tried to contact the Market Square branch for comment.

“A sign of the cuts”

Following the closure of the Lloydspharmacy branch at Harbourside Family Practice in Portishead, near Bristol, Avon local pharmaceutical committee (LPC) chief officer Richard Brown told C+D “it is sad that a key pharmacy in a GP practice has found itself unviable”.

“It is a sign of the [funding] cuts” in England, he said.

“The Portishead population will still have a range of pharmacies close by that they could use,” he stressed.

Where else has Lloydspharmacy ceased trading?

You can use C+D's map to view the location of each of the 54 Lloydspharmacy branches so far confirmed for closure or sale.

Branches confirmed for closure are marked in purple, while Lloydspharmacies up for sale are marked in blue. The branches that have already been sold are marked in orange.

This map is live, and will be updated as C+D confirms the locations of further affected Lloydspharmacy branches.

Do you work for an affected Lloydspharmacy branch?

Brian Worley, Academic pharmacist

I worked at the Lloydsphrmacy at Wimborne Road Bournemouth about 20

years ago, it was then a very thriving pharmacy.  The former owner, keith Sharp

had built up the business very well before being sold to Lloyds.

The present situation reharding closures is nothing new, we had this in the 1070s

when Timothy Whites, Westons and others closed for economic reasons.

There are a number odf reasons for the new closures, but near to the top must

be (A) failure to get correct funding for doing unit doses (trays).

and  (B)  not getting a formula for staffing levels in pharmacies.  

In my time as a locum bfranches were either understaffed, or overstaffed.

It seemed the ones that made the most fuss got the most staff.

Firther when the large PLCs started buying pharmacies at inflated prices

some said at the time that 'it woukld all end in tears'. It would appear that that time

has come, or will be here soon.  who is the main loser in all this ?  The Patient,

nobody appears to be speaking out for them.

Perhaps someone will speak out for the patients before it is too late, as this

hits the very old and the very youg more than other people

Olukunmi Popoola, Community pharmacist

why is this story still current news? We have heard the headline story of 191 stores being closed. It appears that every week we get a revelation of another location or two. Cant we just get a list and location of all the stores from lloyds?

Sue Per, Locum pharmacist

The observations and comments fron the deputy Mayor of Biggleswade, says it all. It is all about cosolidation and contract manipultion to maximise profits. Despie a long waiting time to see a pharmacist, and queues to recieve prescriptions, Lloyds refuses acknolwdge and accpet in a failure to deply an appropriate skill mix, but instead blames the weather!! The D.M. further says the town could do with more pharmacists, therefore time to end contract limitation, and oust the greedy corporate owned pharmacy sweat shops. 

Competition is heathy, it will drive standards up!!!!

Adam Hall, Community pharmacist

I wonder if a factor in the Portishead closure may have been the sky-high rents charged for such locations?

Disillusioned Sussex chic, Dispenser Manager/ Dispensing Assistant

Lloyds Pharmacy are NEVER any good at negotiating anything to do with money, nor indeed local contracts. this is not new as I know this happened back in 2010. It often depends on the 'person in charge at the time'!. very sad state of affairs.

martin gibson, Locum pharmacist

I can't believe that could possibly be true, Adam!!!

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