Bradley Stoke could soon have no less than three late-night, seven-days-a-week, pharmacies after a rush of planning and licensing applications in the last couple of months.
Bradley Stoke Surgery then entered the race when it submitted a planning application to change the use of part of its newly-extended premises from “clinical space” to “a 100-hour opening pharmacy” and The Journal has since learned that a third licensing application for a 100-hour pharmacy in the area is being processed by the local health authority.
Following a part-liberalisation of licensing rules in 2005, a pharmacy becomes exempt from having to prove that it is “necessary and expedient” if it opens for more than 100 hours a week.
When asked about the possible opening of new pharmacies in the town, NHS South Gloucestershire told The Journal:
The Boots pharmacy at Willow Brook has been approved as a 100-hour pharmacy. There are two further applications for 100- hour pharmacies pending under the exempt rules in the vicinity of Bradley Stoke Surgery.
The Journal requested a statement from Bradley Stoke Surgery but received no acknowledgement.
We also contacted the existing Lloyds pharmacy, across the road from the surgery, near the Aldi supermarket. They promised to get back to us but never did.
Will Lloyds move into Bradley Stoke Surgery or set up in 100-hour competition with whoever does? Who is the mysterious third applicant for a 100-hour licence? Can Bradley Stoke sustain three 100-hour pharmacies? Watch this space.
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