New pharmacy gains approval
A pharmacy at a doctors surgery will be extending its reach after planning permission was granted for it to do so at a meeting last night.
Market Harborough Medical Centre will now provide people with a 100 hour a week pharmacy service that will be open to all.
The application by the medical centre in Coventry Road has been approved by the planning committee at Harborough District Council.
The plans that have been approved include the erection of single storey extensions and internal and external alterations to the centre.
This would mean an extension to the medical centre’s consulting rooms and to a corridor in the building.
The scheme will allow space inside of the building to create a pharmacy serving 20,000 patients in Harborough. At present the centre provides 4,000 non-Harborough people with their prescriptions.
Having the pharmacy open 100 hours a week will allow people to pick up medicines late at night and at the weekends.
There have been objections from residents and other pharmacies about the plans.
Shanti Mistry, of Mistrys Pharmacy in Harborough, said he and the pharmacies at Boots and the Co-op are against the plans.
He said: “We don’t want them to create a monopoly.”
Residents living near the site have also raise concerns about additional traffic to the surgery due to the later hours it will be open.
The medical centre’s business manager David Bell said because the pharmacy would be open at weekends and in the evening the traffic would be spread out throughout the day.
He said: “At the moment many patients have an appointment, get a prescription then leave their car at the surgery to go and collect it.
“However, when the pharmacy is here they will be leaving immediately.” Mr Bell said patients would be told they do not have to collect their prescriptions from the surgery.
He added: “We do not want to create a monopoly as we are not allowed to do that.”
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