C+D can confirm the four branches closed in the city last month – at 114 Allerton Road; 17 Woolton Street; 9 Townsend Lane; and 249-251 County Road.
Liverpool local pharmaceutical committee's (LPC) chief officer Matt Harvey told C+D last week (February 8) that the closures go “completely against the grain of what the government set out in protecting pharmacies in deprived areas”, branding them a result of “the cuts and funding issues we’re facing at the moment”.
“It doesn’t seem fair or right that those communities are now left without a pharmacy, when they’re potentially some of the most needy,” he added.
The four pharmacies are part 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 36 of these pharmacies (see map below); the multiple would not confirm the remaining 154 branches.
Money “drained out of frontline health provision”
Councillor Richard Kemp CBE, leader of the Liberal Democrats on Liverpool City Council, said the closure of the Allerton Road branch has left him “extremely saddened” and “concerned about the health” of patients in his area.
“Too much money is being drained out of frontline health provision to fill gaps in the budgets of hospitals and institutions,” Mr Kemp told C+D.
The government should instead be “increasing the number of services provided on our high streets”, which he argued would “reduce the pressure on our GPs and ultimately on our hospitals”.
Where else is Lloydspharmacy ceasing trading?
You can use C+D's map to view the location of each of the 36 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.