Store expands for new drugs service

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Sudbury’s Boots the Chemist on Market Hill has expanded to offer a new medicine dispensing service which is set to grow further in the future, according to store manager Michael Wall.

Two new jobs have been created as a result of the shop expansion and the start of a new, free service called Medisure.

A new 300 square foot warehouse has been constructed on the second floor of the building where pharmacy staff are working on the new dispensing service.

The store employs 22 people in the pharmacy, with a total of 40 staff in store in total.

Store manager Mr Wall said the service was aimed at helping people who have larger quantities of medicine to take each day.

He said: “It’s a service we provide to help our patients to manage their medication in their own homes. A lot of independent pharmacies charge for the Medisure service, but ours is free.

“We pack their medications into a blister packs that ensures patients take their medication at the correct times and on the correct days, taking away the confusion and worry for those patients who find it difficult to keep on top of this.

“For example, some people might have 10 different tablets to take in one day. We pack the boxes so that all 10 medicines are in packs marked with the days of the week.

“This service has proved hugely popular and we now have the capacity to offer it to many more patients,” he added.

Mr Wall said an ageing population living longer with more long-term health conditions was one reason why the service had been introduced and was set to grow in future.

“We have a very good relationship with all the surgeries and health centres and they are sign posting people to us. It is about ensuring efficiencies.”

The pharmacy already has a service in place to dispense medication for care homes in Sudbury and the surrounding area.

Mr Wall added: “The majority of care homes in Sudbury we provide services for, and this will expand in future as the population ages.”