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Revealed: 2 Lloydspharmacies in Sainsbury’s stores scheduled to close

Lloydspharmacy: "Too early" to say whether our other Sainsbury’s branches will be closed
Lloydspharmacy: "Too early" to say whether our other Sainsbury’s branches will be closed

Two Lloydspharmacies inside Sainsbury’s stores are earmarked for closure as part of the multiple’s decision to cease trading in 190 branches, C+D can reveal.

Lloydspharmacy is “in the process of closing” its branch in Sainsbury’s on Union Street, Oldham, and in Sainsbury’s on Highgrounds Road, Worksop, the multiple confirmed to C+D on Tuesday (January 2).

Parent company Celesio UK bought all 281 of Sainsbury’s pharmacies for £125 million in 2015, with the handover completed in September 2016.

In October 2017, Celesio UK announced it will cease trading in 190 “commercially unviable” branches across England. Worksop and Oldham are the first Sainsbury’s branches that the multiple has confirmed to C+D are affected by the decision.

The latest confirmation of closures brings the total number of affected Lloydspharmacy locations which C+D can identify to 23 (see map below). The multiple would not confirm the location of the remaining 167 branches.

Lloydspharmacy said it is “an ongoing process, therefore it’s too early to give any further details” on whether any of its other Sainsbury’s branches will be affected.

“We are keen to ensure that the local community and our impacted colleagues are treated with respect and courtesy throughout this time,” the multiple added.

Closure “within six months”

A pharmacy employee at the Oldham branch – who wished to remain anonymous – told C+D the staff have not been given a “definite date yet”, but they understand the Lloydsharmacy will close “within six months”.

They are confident that “all will be taken care of” and staff will be found employment elsewhere.

A pharmacy employee at the Worksop branch – who also wished to remain anonymous – confirmed that staff will be going through consultation in the lead-up to the store’s closure.

A Lloydspharmacy employee, who works in another Sainsbury’s branch and asked to remain anonymous, said it is a “horrendously worrying time” for Sainsbury’s colleagues.

A “vast amount of [Lloydspharmacy staff] are facing redundancy”, they added. “From what we can gather, nobody is safe.”

Where else will Lloydspharmacy cease trading?

You can use C+D's map to view the location of each of the 23 locations – including the Sainsbury's stores – where Lloydspharmacy has so far confirmed that it will cease trading. Branches confirmed for closure are marked in purple, while those Lloydspharmacy is still hoping to sell are marked in blue.

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

Do you work for a Lloydspharmacy based in a Sainsbury's store?

Boom Shakalaka, Locum pharmacist

Lloydspharmacy appear to have dragged the profession through the gutter then, and unfortunately our weak representatives are useless in preventing these cutthroats from continuing the slide towards extinction.

Yo Palumeri, Community pharmacist

surely as professional with a code of ethics to adhere to you should have closed the pharmacy if it is unsafe to operate, it was obviously not so why complain?

22 years at sainsburys now we are told we are not going to have a job in 6 months. Very annoyed 


Internally the state of Lloyd's is a mess.

Hiring freeze, no overtime hours AT ALL to cover holidays. no hours at all, not even half time to cover... Becoming very unsafe and stressful for all staff involved... Area managers don't care and aren't even trying to hide it... service is suffering as a result and customers making it known. GG.

Michael [email protected], Community pharmacist

As you can see, my sleeping pattern is in turmoil because of work and the realisation of the insensitivity of management......  last week ((Tue 2nd)) we were due to have a new employee start on 30hours ((dispenser from Boots)) but at the last moment he changed his mind ((possibly because of increased pay at Boots)) and never reported for work. My staffing time had been cut back accordingly to accomodate his new hours. So when he didn't turn up for work, and a phone call was made to his workplace to confirm that he was still there, our staff had to cover at short notice. Current available staffing is 103hours to cover a 100hour pharmacy -recently with increased hours covered by a NPPM. Last week our NPPM ((non pharmacist pharmacy manager)) who is overseeing our pharmacy had timetabled herself to work mornings, this current week, Mon to Fri then on Monday morning following a discussion with our area manager cancelled her Tue to Fri shifts ((orginally booked as hols but due to an overtime ban actually planned to work to cover our pharmacy)) and on Mon made calls to pharmacy staff to cover shifts at short notice. On Sat 23rd Dec I got a text message from our pharmacy locum to say that our internet was not working and following a discussion our support service ((Cegedim)) were made aware of the situation.....  chaotic serivce resulting in our pharmacy not having an internet access until  Wed 3rd Jan.

When our replacement modem arriver before 9am on Wed 3rd I managed to process claims for over 500 items that day and about 100/200 the following morning.

Surgeries informed frequently and emergencies supplies done but insufficient staffing to pick up and get ahead after a backlog of 11 days electronic prescriptions. I split the downloads into 4 quarters alphabetically to make it easier to manage. Because of the size of the AAH order, despite removing 30 single items, the AAH order failed to go through on Wed 3rd so I had to contact Cegedim who explained that the order size was too big and they then sent it in three parts to get the ordering done. Lots of electronic downloads yesterday and Thurs but earlier prescriptions not yet covered so time stamped downloads to reduce confusion....

On Thurs evening, at 18.44h, I get a message from our pharmacy that the AAH ordering system has failed....  

I have since learned that our model of Cisco router ((877)) is now considered "obsolete" and is no longer supported via hardware or software by Cisco so why are they still used in our pharmacies......  

Lloydspharmacy In Sainsbury's

Paul Dishman, Pharmaceutical Adviser

If I were you I'd be looking for another job 

Chris Locum, Locum pharmacist

You might be awarded the star of endurance here but please remember one thing. If someone comes to serious harm - they will try to serve you up as a sacrifice. Staffing or otherwise...the public are indifferent and uninformed. It is only when too many are inconvenienced that they may question more. I think the carcass of community pharmacy will be forever changed by this time and many of us will be unemployed.

Ilove Pharmacy, Non Pharmacist Branch Manager

STANDARD OPERATNG PROCEDURE. The GPhC love skwering the individual at the behest of a multiple.

Chemical Mistry, Information Technology

Well done for coping in very trying circumstances, things have gone down rapidly with lloyds in sainsburys, the staff are very disillusioned with all and the stress no pay rise etc and lloyds have gone backwards to the company the we knew they were nobody ever answers the phone etc at head office.What branch are you at? Just gland I got out of pharmacy when I did ! I think many pharmacists new year resolution will be to leave pharmacy in 2018 if they didn't in 2015,2016 or 2017!

O J, Community pharmacist

Bravo! you have coped well. So don't worry you will be fine. You are just a shop keeper no one cares. Good luck

Freelance Chemist, Pre-reg Pharmacist

I have it on good authourity more sainsburys branches are to close inculding Sainsburys in Redditch and lloyds pharamcy in briely hill health centre (non sainsburys).  People high up in Lloyds Saphie Court have told me this .....

Freelance Chemist, Pre-reg Pharmacist

More closures inaddtion to the 190 will be announced very soon by Lloyds!!!! 

We've been hearing whispers about that here too. I've heard it from all levels of the organisation...

They are just however, whispers at the moment...

Stephen Eggleston, Community pharmacist

I wasn't aware Lloyds were drip feeding this information - much more it appears that the C&D are drip-feeding the info in the most sensationalist was possible. Not exactly the standard of journalism we have come to expect from them

Soon-To-Be Ex-Pharmacist, Superintendent Pharmacist

Why are Lloyds drip-feeding these closures?? The affected branches already have notices in their windows to say that the stores are going to close at the end of January. I've been carping on about the little store in Atherstone for weeks and yet it still hasn't been officially announced.

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