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Over 200 residents sign petition to save pharmacy from closure


Over 200 residents sign petition to save pharmacy from closure

More than 200 residents have signed an online petition to keep a pharmacy open.

In a letter to patients, Lincolnshire Co-op said it was closing the pharmacy, which is situated in a store at a petrol station on Carholme Road, because of the low number of prescriptions it dispenses.

This has made providing the service "unsustainable,” said the company.

Lincolnshire Co-op told the branch dispenses less than 2,100 items a month compared with an average of 9,900 items across all its branches.

A date for the branch’s closure has not been decided but local resident Emile van der Zee launched a petition calling on Lincolnshire Co-op to keep it open.

“The Co-op pharmacy on Carholme Road is literally a lifeline for many people,” the petition read.

“The pharmacy is especially important for older residents, residents with children and residents with mobility issues, who may struggle to pick up their medicines further away, need advice or depend on other services such as a blood pressure check or a conversation about health issues. The pharmacy is important to all residents in the Carholme ward.”

Lincolnshire Co-op urged patients to sign up to its free home delivery service or let it know where they want their prescriptions dispensed in future.

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