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Well launches pharmacy in WHSmith at Heathrow Airport

Patients at Heathrow Airport will be able to see a pharmacist ahead of their flight

Well’s latest branch to open is located within a WHSmith store at Heathrow Airport in west London, offering patients the opportunity to buy pharmacy-only medicines ahead of travel.

The pharmacy, located in the airport’s terminal two, will not dispense prescriptions, but does offer patients the opportunity to purchase pharmacy-only (P) medicines that can only be sold under the guidance of a pharmacist, Well announced yesterday (August 26).

It is the second Well pharmacy to be located within a WHSmith store, with the other branch located at Gatwick airport. 

Patients can also seek health advice from the pharmacy without the need for an appointment, in the privacy of a consultation room.

Seb Hobbs, chief executive of Well, said that although passenger numbers are “undoubtedly lower than usual”, the multiple is “delighted to provide a pharmacist service to the growing numbers passing through”.

“With no appointment needed, passengers can rely on the expert advice Well pharmacy teams provide every day along with well-known medicines to support their health and wellbeing needs,” he added.

Last year, Well opened its first pharmacy within a WHSmith store at Gatwick airport.

7 Comments
Question: 
What do you make of the new branch opening?

Freelance Chemist, Pre-reg Pharmacist

So they will be getting people hooked of opiates then. I bet the best seller will be nuefrofen plus

Not-So-Lucky Ex-Locum, Superintendent Pharmacist

Either that or Solpadeine. It's crazy the amount of codeine products there are on the shelves. Unless of course the flight is to Saudi. I reckon a pack of Nurofen plus would get you banged up on arrival wouldn't it?

Benie I, Locum pharmacist

I wonder what the pharmacist is being paid?

Not-So-Lucky Ex-Locum, Superintendent Pharmacist

It's Well, so not a competitive rate. Probably less than a normal one as well because the workload will be a doddle.

S Morein, Pharmacy Area manager/ Operations Manager

They can always ask for a 25% rent reduction. 

Leon The Apothecary, Student

I would be highly interested in seeing how the cost analysis of running such a business model, detaching a dispensary from a pharmacy, and if it is viable or not.

Not-So-Lucky Ex-Locum, Superintendent Pharmacist

Sounds like a cushy number for the pharmacist - no Rx, therefore no MUR,NMS, doubt they'd see any CPCS, only problem being those people who have forgotten their meds and think they can get an emergency supply. Would imagine everyone who goes in already knows what they want so the consulting room would be pretty much redundant. They must be expecting very high footfall and demand for P meds. I assume they have already established this from the Gatwick enterprise.

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