****** UPDATE ******
Pharmacy Application for St Stephen
We have been advised that the application has been approved.
However our professional adviser will be appealing the decision as the consent granted by NHS
England does not comply with the legal requirements.
Further updates will follow when we have more news.
Thank you all for your continued support. (May 2014)
Many of you will recall that earlier this year we were under threat of closing our Dispensary due to an application by U-Chem Private Limited to open a Pharmacy in the village of St Stephen. This application was turned down and is currently being appealed by U-Chem. However another Pharmacy Application has now been submitted in Fore Street, St Stephen by Muhammad Usman Shafique of the same company .
If this Application is approved the Practice Dispensary will be forced to close. We will not have the option to continue dispensing under the Pharmaceutical Regulations. The Dispensary employs 6 members of staff, who would, unfortunately lose their jobs. Our Dispensing service also
subsidises some medical services and these would be challenged with the loss of The Dispensary. It is highly possible that we would need to reduce some sessions of GP time for our Salaried GP and make cuts to other services we currently provide.
The Practice has 4800 registered patients and 3800 of them are able to obtain their dispensed medication from us. The 1000 that we don’t dispense to, all live within a 1 mile radius of a Retail Pharmacy (either St Dennis or St Austell)
Our Practice area is extensive; we have patients in Sticker, Probus,
Grampound, Grampound Road, Ladock, Summercourt, Mitchell, Fraddon, St Columb Road, Roche, Bugle, Penwithick, High Street, Lanjeth and the outskirts of St Austell. We also cover all the Clay villages, including Foxhole, Nanpean and Whitemoor.
We are keen to keep our patients informed of this development and more
importantly to allow them to have their say. Patients can write or e-mail NHS England.
As is common in a rural area, we overlap with several other GP Practices and this development will not only impact upon our own patients, but the patients of The Clays Practice and Probus Surgery. Once a Pharmacy opens in St Stephen, any person living within a 1 mile radius of the Pharmacy will no longer have the right to have a prescription dispensed by their own GP Practice. Crucially if a
Pharmacy opens and then proves to be economically unviable and closes again, the area will have no Pharmacy and no Dispensary.
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP
We would urge you to act now if you do not wish to lose your Dispensary Service. Please write or e-mail to the following addresses with your support for our Dispensary.
It is important that you say what the Practice Dispensary means to you, why you do not wish it to close.
Assistant Contract Manager, Pharmacies
Devon, Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Area Team
Derriford Business Park, Brest Road
Plymouth, PL6 5QZ
Or E-mail: email@example.com
(with a copy to PPGBrannel@cornwall.nhs.uk )
The closing date is 14th December 2013
Alternatively you can bring or send your letters to the Surgery or ask at Reception for a stamped addressed envelope. The Receptionists can also make a copy of your letter before it is sent as this would help us to monitor how much support there is to save our Dispensary.