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Revealed: Locations of two more Lloydspharmacies scheduled to close

Somerset LPC: Closure of Lloydspharmacy in Cheddar is "regrettable"
Somerset LPC: Closure of Lloydspharmacy in Cheddar is "regrettable"

C+D has learned the locations of two further Lloydspharmacy branches scheduled for closure – in Somerset and Shropshire.

An employee of a branch on Church Street in Cheddar, Somerset – who wished to remain anonymous – told C+D the pharmacy would close on February 16.

C+D was alerted to the closure of another Lloydspharmacy – at 15a Market Square, Wellington, Shropshire – after a patient tweeted a picture of a closing sign on its door.

Lloydspharmacy’s parent company Celesio UK said it is unable to comment on "individual cases".

The two 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 26 of these pharmacies; the multiple would not confirm the remaining 164 branches.

Rural pharmacies closing causes a “bigger tsunami”

Somerset local pharmaceutical committee (LPC) chief executive Michael Lennox told C+D yesterday (January 18) that the closure of the Cheddar branch is "regrettable" and will add further pressure to the primary care system.

"A closure of a pharmacy in a rural area has a much bigger tsunami than if one closes in a high street where you've got two others up and down the street," Mr Lennox said.

LPCs in south-west England are "very keenly watching out" for rural pharmacy closures, he added.

Charity “concerned about effects”

Sara Nelson, a member of the charity Healthwatch Somerset, told C+D the organisation is sorry to hear that the Lloydspharmacy in Cheddar is closing and is "concerned about any effects that this may have on the local community".

Healthwatch Somerset would “welcome feedback” from locals about any issues caused by the closure, which it will then share anonymously with commissioners, Dr Nelson said.

Where else will Lloydspharmacy cease trading?

You can use C+D's map to view the location of each of the 26 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?

Leon The Apothecary, Student

Lloydspharmacy’s parent company Celesio UK said it is unable to comment on "individual cases".

I believe they misspelt unwilling. I am pretty sure they are perfectly capable to have the courage to say they are closing a place because it was financially unviable or would provide a significant cost saving to close.

Stephen Eggleston, Community pharmacist

I appreciate Healthwatch et al  are concerned about the impact closing the pharmacy may have on the community but what do they suggest?

Brian Austen, Senior Management

Why don't they set up a health shop that provides remote delivery services under contract from a pharmacy. A multi-channel supplier of a diverse range of services including a place where patients can securely drop off their prescriptions and collect their medicines once a week. A cross between Holland & Barrett, Superdrug (non-pharmacy) and a remote service pharmacy or variations of the idea. This option exists for retailers and pharmacies to ameliorate the difficulties they will face more and more in the future.

Leon The Apothecary, Student

I wonder if the merging of surgeries into one big facility is a prelude to what will happen to Pharmacy?

Brian Austen, Senior Management

In the last 6 months of 2017, 500,000 patients were affected by either General Practice closures or mergers. If this rate of closure/merger continues it will seriously affect many independent pharmacies.

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