Anger over Colne centre pharmacy delays

Lord Greaves

Lord Greaves

First published in News

ANGRY councillors are calling for answers after plans to open a pharmacy in Colne’s new health centre have been delayed.

Colne’s Liberal Democrat councillors said they have received a raft of complaints from patients after learning the pharmacy which was due to open in May, could be delayed by up to 18 months.

Colne councillor Mary Thomas, a patient champion, said original plans included the co-operative venture of several pharmacists moving over to the new health centre from the old one, shortly after it opened.

However, councillors claim the management of the pharmacy has now been put out to tender.

Coun Thomas, said: “In May they were assured they could transfer the existing business to the new building.

“But by July it seems someone somewhere decided it had to go out to tender and the fear is this could take up to 18 months.

“This is not only ridiculous but it puts at risk some really innovative ideas about enhancing the service provided by local pharmacists, which could provide a better service to patients and also relieve pressure on doctors and nurses.”

Fewer mobile patients, older and disabled visitors and mothers with young children said they have been finding it difficult having to traipse around the town centre to get a prescription dispensed.

Fellow Pendle Coun Tony Greaves, added: “There is a fear that NHS Property Services are just behaving like the worst kind of capitalist landlords and trying to wring every last penny out of their buildings – regardless of the interests of the patients.”

A spokesman for NHS Property Services said: “The building is available and ready for the pharmacy to move in.

“When they move in is just down to discussions between the pharmacy and NHS England.

“We’re trying to secure it in the building as soon as possible.

Chairman of Colne Council’s health scrutiny panel, Coun Ann Kerrigan now plans to raise the matter at the meeting of Pendle Council on August 7.

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9:32am Thu 31 Jul 14

jenkinsroy says...

The only help the N.H.S. ENGLAND is giving
Is in there answer to me about the problem here
With the pharmacy not being in the new health centre?
This is a reply from them THEY CANNOT HELP our pharmacy yet?

Dear Mr Jenkins
Thank you for your email to NHS England.
I have spoken to the pharmacy contracting team at Lancashire area office regarding this and this is the response they have given me
The pharmacy application from Colne (HCC) Ltd went to the NHS England, Lancashire Area Team’s Pharmacy Services Regulations Committee who approved the application for a no significant change location into the new health centre. From an NHS England point of view we are currently waiting for the pharmacy to move into the Health Centre. We understand that the delay in them moving is due to on-going lease negotiations between the pharmacy and NHS Property Services.
So as you can see from this response unfortunately we still do not know when the pharmacy will move into your health centre. I can understand that this must be very frustrating for you and other patients of the surgery and I am sorry that I have been unable to give you a date.
I hope this information has been useful to you. Sorry not helpful.

We must not give in this is all to do with money and nothing else
I will be asking our M.P. again to put this MATTER? To the health minister
For him to find out who is trying to delay.
Our pharmacy for moving in AND WHY
The only help the N.H.S. ENGLAND is giving Is in there answer to me about the problem here With the pharmacy not being in the new health centre? This is a reply from them THEY CANNOT HELP our pharmacy yet? Dear Mr Jenkins Thank you for your email to NHS England. I have spoken to the pharmacy contracting team at Lancashire area office regarding this and this is the response they have given me The pharmacy application from Colne (HCC) Ltd went to the NHS England, Lancashire Area Team’s Pharmacy Services Regulations Committee who approved the application for a no significant change location into the new health centre. From an NHS England point of view we are currently waiting for the pharmacy to move into the Health Centre. We understand that the delay in them moving is due to on-going lease negotiations between the pharmacy and NHS Property Services. So as you can see from this response unfortunately we still do not know when the pharmacy will move into your health centre. I can understand that this must be very frustrating for you and other patients of the surgery and I am sorry that I have been unable to give you a date. I hope this information has been useful to you. Sorry not helpful. We must not give in this is all to do with money and nothing else I will be asking our M.P. again to put this MATTER? To the health minister For him to find out who is trying to delay. Our pharmacy for moving in AND WHY jenkinsroy
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5:53pm Sat 2 Aug 14

elfnsafety says...

Flippin' heck. How difficult is it to walk to the chemists in the town centre. If you visit a doctor's surgery, that's what you do. Why such a problem 'cos it's a health centre?
Flippin' heck. How difficult is it to walk to the chemists in the town centre. If you visit a doctor's surgery, that's what you do. Why such a problem 'cos it's a health centre? elfnsafety
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6:03pm Sat 2 Aug 14

Catty girl says...

Can I just reply to the last comment ?
1 it's not just an health centre it's the Hub of the community for the people of Colne.
2 there is an existing Health centre pharmacy still in the old building and the staff have been worried about the future of there jobs should it have gone out to tender.
3 the Colne health centre consortium pharmacy is made up of three other pharmacies that are already in the town it is owned by Boots, Rowland's and Leedems pharmacy so none of them were ever going to want to move in !
4 as it stands at the moment there are talkes at last with the NHS England re the re- location from the old build to the new one( fingers crossed) press release due next week!
5 before making any studied pointless comments know your facts about the story in hand and think about the elderly who will have to walk down the hill in the winter if there was no pharmacy!
Can I just reply to the last comment ? 1 it's not just an health centre it's the Hub of the community for the people of Colne. 2 there is an existing Health centre pharmacy still in the old building and the staff have been worried about the future of there jobs should it have gone out to tender. 3 the Colne health centre consortium pharmacy is made up of three other pharmacies that are already in the town it is owned by Boots, Rowland's and Leedems pharmacy so none of them were ever going to want to move in ! 4 as it stands at the moment there are talkes at last with the NHS England re the re- location from the old build to the new one( fingers crossed) press release due next week! 5 before making any studied pointless comments know your facts about the story in hand and think about the elderly who will have to walk down the hill in the winter if there was no pharmacy! Catty girl
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10:16am Mon 4 Aug 14

jenkinsroy says...

elfnsafety wrote:
Flippin' heck. How difficult is it to walk to the chemists in the town centre. If you visit a doctor's surgery, that's what you do. Why such a problem 'cos it's a health centre?
YOU ARE AN IDIOT ?
YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT THE PROBLEM HERE
SO DO NOT MAKE SILLY COMMENTS LIKE THIS?
[quote][p][bold]elfnsafety[/bold] wrote: Flippin' heck. How difficult is it to walk to the chemists in the town centre. If you visit a doctor's surgery, that's what you do. Why such a problem 'cos it's a health centre?[/p][/quote]YOU ARE AN IDIOT ? YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT THE PROBLEM HERE SO DO NOT MAKE SILLY COMMENTS LIKE THIS? jenkinsroy
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