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Family-run chain ‘rescues’ Lloydspharmacy branch scheduled for closure

From left: dispensers Alicia Martin and Magda Wojtala, with pharmacy manager Krishan Modi
From left: dispensers Alicia Martin and Magda Wojtala, with pharmacy manager Krishan Modi

A family-run chain has “rescued” a Lloydspharmacy branch scheduled for closure last month, according to its managing director.

Jardines Pharmacy – which now operates 21 branches in a 30-mile radius of Milton Keynes, as well as an internet pharmacy – bought a Lloydspharmacy currently operating out of a Portakabin in a car park in the district of Stantonbury, managing director Has Modi told C+D.

The pharmacy is one of the 190 “commercially unviable” Lloydspharmacy branches in England where parent company Celesio UK will cease trading. C+D has now confirmed the location of 37 of these pharmacies (see map below); the multiple would not confirm the remaining 153 branches.

The pharmacy – scheduled for closure on January 31 – has been in temporary accommodation “for a while”, Mr Modi told C+D yesterday (February 14), ever since the multiple was asked to vacate its original premises.

Jardines will continue to operate out of the Portakabin for the time being, while it “negotiates a more permanent setting”, Mr Modi said. However, it will use the ‘Stantonbury Pharmacy’ name, rather than “stick Jardines branding all over it…to show that it is part of the local community”.

Support staff kept on

Jardines has kept on two of the pharmacy’s support staff, while the pharmacist has gone to another nearby Lloydspharmacy.

“Each [Jardines] branch is given autonomy to tailor their service to [the] local population,” he explained. “This is what we’ll be doing with this new Lloyds purchase once we get a sense of what the population needs.”

“Stantonbury has elderly patients,” he added.

According to Mr Modi, the pharmacy will face the “normal amount” of local competition – another Lloydspharmacy, a Boots branch and “probably two other independents”.

Where else is Lloydspharmacy ceasing trading?

You can use C+D's map to view the location of each of the 37 Lloydspharmacy branches so far confirmed for closure or sale.

Branches confirmed for closure are marked in purple, while those up for sale are marked in blue. The branches that have 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.

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12 Comments
Question: 
Do you work for a Lloydspharmacy branch earmarked for closure or sale?

Mohammed Patel, Community pharmacist

Family-run chain 'cashes-in' on Lloyds' massive business disaster.

Adam Hall, Community pharmacist

I do hope the C&D gets past this incessant use of parenthesis to imply some other meaning for the words used - not what one would expect of "quality" journalism

James Waldron, Editorial

Hi Adam,

C+D's editorial style in both print and online has consistently been to use single quote marks in a headline to denote reported speech. I'm not aware of any instance where this has been used to imply another meaning to the one given, but please email any examples to [email protected] and I'll be happy to look into.

Regards,

James Waldron, C+D Editor

Adam Hall, Community pharmacist

Hi James

If you look around, you will see that there is a common acceptance of the use of parenthesis to indicate an implied alternative use to the accepted meaning of the word. To suggest that C&D use inverted commas to indicate reported speech within a headline is, at best, open to "interpretation" and at worse, misleading. While I accept your "explanation", I would suggest it may be an opportunity to review styles of reporting, given we look to C&D to keep us informed of topical issues within Pharmacy without bias or undue interpretation

Kind regards

Valentine Trodd, Community pharmacist

While we're on the topic... In the four articles below (there are plenty more) the terms 'clinical' pharmacist and 'clinical pharmacist' are used extensively, including in headlines. I never quite understood the reason for the single quotes - reported speech? Or shorthand for a sniffy 'so-called'? The NHS don't use quotes - see the 'General Practice Forward View' document below which refers to clinical pharmacists (without quotes). That fine publication, Clinical Pharmacist, doesn't feel the need to employ quotes. In fact C+D is the only publication I've seen using them. What next - 'bus' driver, 'mechanical' engineer, 'clinical' journalist?

V. Trodd

'Community' pharmacist

https://www.chemistanddruggist.co.uk/news/revealed-53-gp-practices-recruiting-pharmacists

https://www.chemistanddruggist.co.uk/news/next-67-areas-recruiting-clinical-pharmacists

https://www.chemistanddruggist.co.uk/news/pilot-scheme-uses-pharmacy-technicians-reduce-gp-workload

https://www.chemistanddruggist.co.uk/feature/are-pharmacists-gp-surgeries-here-stay?

https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/gpfv.pdf

James Waldron, Editorial

Hi Valentine,

Yes, in each of these examples it is reported speech, in this case from NHS England. The organisation continues to use the term 'clinical' to refer to pharmacists it's placing in GP surgeries. If C+D did not place this term in quotes, it would imply we agree that these pharmacists are in some way more clinical than their colleagues in community pharmacies, hospitals etc, which of course we do not.

I hope this answers your question.

Valentine Trodd, Community pharmacist

Thanks James, that's clarified the use of the term - from C+D's perspective anyway. It seems everyone has their own definition of the term. Interestingly, the NHS have produced a booklet entitled 'What is a clinical pharmacist' - presumably aimed at the patient population. Almost all of the attributes they apply to the clinical pharmacist could equally be applied to the community pharmacist e.g. "Clinical pharmacists are health professionals who train for many years to become specialists in medicines", "The clinical pharmacist can check all your medicines and talk to you about how the medicines are working for you", etc. However... they define one distinct difference - "A clinical pharmacist does not give you your medicines. You have to collect your medicines from a community pharmacy in the usual way". So there you have it - according to the NHS, a clinical pharmacist is one that doesn't dispense medication!

V. Trodd

(definitely not a 'clinical' pharmacist)

Ref: https://www.england.nhs.uk/commissioning/wp-content/uploads/sites/12/2016/07/easy-read-clncl-pharm.pdf

Ilove Pharmacy, Non Pharmacist Branch Manager

What a debate !! Makes no difference to the pitiful pay packet.

Wolverine 001 , Pharmacist Director

God could this get anymore boring!!!

DM X, Locum pharmacist

No mention is made of the Lloyds in Hounslow that was sold to a small chain. Wonder why

Julie Friday, Accuracy checking technician

Lloyds pharmacy in Maidstone was bought by Butt & Hobbs but no mention of this either.

Wolverine 001 , Pharmacist Director

cheap buy on the goodwill - CASH BUYER ONLY PLEASE!!!! Very low multiple on EBITDA so a good buy!!!!

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