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Nottingham pharmacy to close after merger announced

A Nottingham pharmacy plans to close and merge its services into another site in the city.

Canning Ltd Chemists in Ilkeston Road is to merge with the Applegate Pharmacy in Alfreton Road, which is 0.2 miles away.

As a result, there are plans for the Applegate Pharmacy to close its doors.

The move was discussed at a Nottingham City Council Health and Wellbeing Board meeting on November 29.

Councillors heard there are 12 other pharmacies and four GP surgeries within a one mile radius of Applegate Pharmacy.

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Some councillors raised questions over job cuts and whether patients would be automatically moved to a new pharmacy.

The Integrated Care Board (ICB), which runs local healthcare services, will make a final decision on the plans.

Hannah Stovin, Senior Public Health Intelligence Manager, said: “There wouldn’t be a reduction in opening hours in that area due to the distance to other available pharmacies.

“All the NHS pharmaceutical services that are currently provided at both sites will still be provided at the consolidated site.

“There are frequent bus services within 50 metres of the proposed site and there is car parking nearby.

“The journey time of patients is increased by no more than two minutes by car and four minutes on foot for alternative pharmacies.

“The consolidated site has high levels of patient satisfaction on Google and the NHS website.”

Dr Husein Mawji, a member of the board and the Clinical Director for Nottingham City Place Based Partnership, said: “My concern is, will the patients with prescriptions registered at the site which will close, be moved to the second site, or will they be given the choice?”

Ms Stovin said: “That wasn’t discussed in the papers but we can send that through to the ICB for consideration around communication with patients.”

Cllr Linda Woodings (Lab) said: “I forwarded the paper to the councillors in the ‘losing’ area of Hyson Green and Arboretum.

“One of them did come back to me and say they had no issues with it.

“They didn’t flag any concerns about the move.

“Supporting people to move to a pharmacy which is the best choice for them is a really good point.

“It’s four minutes for normal walking but if you have mobility issues then four minutes is quite a way.”

Cllr Sam Lux (Lab) said: “Are we confident that this will not result in job losses?”

Ms Stovin said: “I can’t answer that I’m afraid.”

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