Kamsons Pharmacy is considering moving its pharmacy at Uckfield Community Hospital into the High Street.
Professional development manager Mark Donaghy says the pharmacy has become very quiet, especially since the pandemic, because a lot of patients are having remote consultations rather than going into going into the hospital, or Bird in Eye Surgery.
And more patients are now getting medicines delivered by the Kamsons free delivery service, picking them up at Kamsons Pharmacy in Bell Farm Road, or using other pharmacies to avoid going into the hospital during the pandemic.
In addition, Mark says, the pharmacy in the hospital is very small, and no longer has the use of a private consultation room that is expected of community pharmacies.
Kamsons still have their health and beauty store in Uckfield High Street which used to be a pharmacy. It is large and has the space to provide a private consultation room.
Mark says: “Many of our pharmacies are providing a range of services such as pharmacist prescribing, travel, shingles, flu, and Covid, vaccinations, or INR testing, and dose adjustments for patients taking Warfarin.
“The small size of the pharmacy in the hospital hinders the provision and commissioning of such services.”
The views of patients who go into the pharmacy at the hospital are currently being sought about how they would feel if the pharmacy relocated to the High Street.
• Kamsons Health & Beauty in Uckfield High Street used to be a pharmacy but closed and changed its name in 2019.
This was because when the Meads Surgery moved premises to Bell Farm Road and a Kamsons Pharmacy opened there, NHS England did not grant a new NHS Pharmacy contract to enable the High Street one to continue.
Kamsons instead ran a non-NHS pharmacy in the High Street but then Government cuts in pharmacy funding meant it was no longer viable to continue in that way.
• The Duchess of Cornwall visited Kamsons Pharmacy headquarters on the Bellbrook Estate last month.
Staff from local branches were presented to the Duchess and she was introduced to the owners of the company and some of the head office and warehouse staff.
Read more and see photographs here: Duchess of Cornwall visits Uckfield.