Lloyds Pharmacy is to begin rolling out new healthcare centres designed to support the NHS and people’s health needs in the community.
The new service is part of parent company Celesio’s strategy to change the way in which healthcare can be delivered in the community, offering greater choice and creating efficiencies for NHS Trusts.
Its new service uses expertise from Lloyds Pharmacy Clinical Homecare to provide an alternative option for patients, outside of hospital and homecare.
Most of the services will be delivered within Lloyds Pharmacy stores using additional rooms, but for more complex treatments, a new space will be constructed to accommodate the service.
Ruth Poole, speciality director at Celesio UK, said that traditionally, patients have to travel to hospitals for treatments which could be administered in the local community.
“Utilising our current pharmacy network means that patients can receive vital treatment near to home at their local Lloyds Pharmacy. As well as being more convenient, this gives patients access to our pharmacy teams who can provide expert guidance and advice on related issues.”
The news comes weeks after the company announced it would be closing or selling 190 of its branches across the UK.
As well as selling mobility aids such as scooters, wheelchairs and powerchairs, Lloyds Pharmacy operates sister brand Betterlife Healthcare, which is both a retailer and wholesaler of mobility products.
Shortly after the closures were announced, Celesio’s managing director Cormac Tobin left the company.