Kamsons has closed its Uckfield High Street pharmacy … but the shop is staying open and is now known as Kamsons Health & Beauty.
Patients will still be able to collect prescriptions from the store but there will not be a pharmacist available to give advice.
The company says this was a “tough and upsetting decision” for the owners.
Move the slider on the visualisation below to see Kamsons before the name change and afterwards.
This was the first pharmacy in the family-owned Kamsons Pharmacy group which started 40 years ago in 1979. Now the company has more than 70 pharmacies employing more than 700 people, many of them local.
When the Meads Surgery moved premises to Bell Farm Road NHS England did not grant a new NHS pharmacy contract so the existing one had to be relocated.
Since then, the High Street branch has continued as a non-NHS pharmacy but now, because of recent government cuts in pharmacy funding, it is no longer viable for the store to continue in that way.
Prescriptions and full pharmacy services will still be available from both the Kamsons Pharmacy within Uckfield Hospital, and the one next to the Meads Surgery in Bell Farm Road. Free delivery of prescriptions will still be provided on request.
Health and beauty
Kamsons Health & Beauty will continue to stock its much-loved lines including Clarins, Elizabeth Arden, and Mavala.
From July 1 opening hours will also be changing to:
Monday – Friday: 9am-5pm
Kamsons said: “We would like to thank all of our loyal customers for their continued support.”
• Story updated on Monday, July 1, 2019