Kamsons Pharmacy is considering moving its pharmacy from Uckfield Community Hospital to High Street.
Professional development director Mark Donaghy says the pharmacy has become very quiet, especially since the pandemic, as many patients have remote consultations rather than going to the hospital or Bird in Eye eye surgery.
And more and more patients are now having drugs delivered through Kamsons’ free delivery service, picking them up from the Kamsons Pharmacy in Bell Farm Road, or using other pharmacies to avoid going to hospital during the pandemic. .
Also, says Mark, the hospital pharmacy is very small and no longer has the use of a private consultation room that is expected of community pharmacies.
Kamsons still has its health and beauty store in Uckfield High Street, which was once a drugstore. It is large and has the space to provide a private consultation room.
Mark says, “Many of our pharmacies offer a range of services such as pharmacist prescribing, travel, shingles, influenza and Covid, vaccinations or INR tests and dose adjustments for patients taking warfarin.
“The small size of the hospital pharmacy hinders the provision and commissioning of such services. “
The views of patients entering the hospital pharmacy are currently being researched on how they would feel if the pharmacy moved to the High Street.
• Kamsons Health & Beauty in Uckfield High Street was once a drugstore, but closed and changed its name in 2019.
Indeed, when Meads Surgery moved its premises to Bell Farm Road and a Kamsons pharmacy opened there, NHS England did not award a new NHS pharmacy contract to allow the High Street one to continue. .
Kamsons instead ran a non-NHS pharmacy on the High Street, but government cuts to pharmacy funding meant it was no longer viable to continue in this fashion.
• The Duchess of Cornwall visited the head office of Kamsons Pharmacy on the Bellbrook Estate last month.
Staff from local branches were introduced to the Duchess and she was introduced to company owners and some head office and warehouse staff.
Read more and see photos here: The Duchess of Cornwall visits Uckfield.