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LPC: We've lost 'dedicated' Lloyds staff with closure of 2 pharmacies

Lloydspharmacy at 62 High Street, Leiston, closed on January 31. Credit: The Local Data Company
Lloydspharmacy at 62 High Street, Leiston, closed on January 31. Credit: The Local Data Company

A local pharmaceutical committee (LPC) chief has told C+D that the closure of two Lloydspharmacy branches in her area is a "loss to the communities they served".

Suffolk LPC chief executive Tania Farrow told C+D yesterday (February 7) that the two branches – at 62 High Street, Leiston, and in The Guineas Shopping Centre, Newmarket – closed at the end of January.

The pharmacies had "really dedicated and proactive teams who worked hard to support the needs of their customers", Ms Farrow said.

"I have real concerns about the sustainability of the community pharmacy network if some of the huge challenges that pharmacies are currently facing are not addressed quickly," she added.

Closure on the Isle of Wight

(Image credit: The Local Data Company)

C+D can also confirm that the Lloydspharmacy branch at 22E Carisbrooke Road in Newport, on the Isle of Wight (pictured above), closed last month.

The three 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 32 of these pharmacies; the multiple would not confirm the remaining 158 branches.

Where else will Lloydspharmacy cease trading?

You can use C+D's map to view the location of each of the 32 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 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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Do you work in a Lloydspharmacy that is being sold or closed?

Sue Per, Locum pharmacist

The pharmacy world would be a better place without corporate ownerships. All contracts should be with the registered pharmacist. With the regulator as good as a chocolate teapot, the R.P. reglations which were supposed to give total control and accountability to the pharmacist in charge is a total farce!!. An overhaul of the pharmacy network is needed, with the extermination of corporate greedy parasites, who do nothing but leech off the income generated by the hard working Pharmacist at the coal face.The NHS contract does not provide for these parasites.

Wolverine 001 , Pharmacist Director

Well Said! We should follow the model in Australia where no more than 2 pharmacies can be owned by the same company/sole trader

Mohammed Patel, Community pharmacist

We should be following the German model. Better outcomes for both patients and for staff:



Ilove Pharmacy, Non Pharmacist Branch Manager

How will GPhC and RPS etc.. pay for their luxury buildings and jaunts for their staff? Once that priority is sorted then we can look at patients  and pharmacy workers eh!?

Mohammed Patel, Community pharmacist

If they did actually do anything, which they won't, you can guarantee they will whack your fees up to compensate them for actually having done something which is not in their direct benefit. In fact, they will certainly whack the fees up anyway, so the only way to win is to work for the GPhC!

An all expenses paid office in Canary Wharf, with company car, company mobile, company laptop, and you can work in your own time. NO CUSTOMERS! How the other half live! We are paying for their existence, but they tell us what to do! Shouldn't it be the other way around?

Caroline Jones, Community pharmacist

Totally agree! As with its of other professions (Drs, dentists, accountants and solicitors) pharmacies shoukd be a partnership between professionals

Mark Wood, Buying

We have an ageing  and expanding population. We need new ways to deliver services. Majority of high street pharmacies do not have the capacity. I’m afraid lots of ppl hv their head buried in the sand and don’t want to face reality. We would all love more Mahoney but these online pharmacies have much lower cost base. There’s a reason why the government haven’t closed applications for online pharmacies. 

Mark Wood, Buying

It’s called market correction. Even if lloyds closed all 200 pharmacies, that’s only 1.6% . Hardly a crisis 

Mohammed Patel, Community pharmacist

If Lloyds closed all their pharmacies, I hardly think that people would use the word "crisis".

Ilove Pharmacy, Non Pharmacist Branch Manager

no one would even notice

Wolverine 001 , Pharmacist Director

Its true there will be pharmacy down the road they can get their paracetamol off and they can order their repeat on-line!

Graham Pharmacist, Community pharmacist

Apparently the Chinese word for crisis is the same as the word for opportunity. Somehow if an unscrupulous chain were to fold, it would be a massive opportunity and not so much of a crisis (providing patients were still able to obtain their medication).

I see the UK pharmacy sector almost as a human being. But being so old, there are cancers which need to be excised. Failure to attend to these issues will surely result in death of the profession.

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