A petition has been set up by a resident in Lincoln to save a Co-op pharmacy from closure. The pharmacy in the Winning Post Co-op on Carholme Road is set to close in the summer due to a lack of patients.
The pharmacy has been described as a “lifeline for many people” in the petition, stating that it is particularly important for older residents, families with children and people with mobility issues. It has been signed by 232 people so far and was set up by a local resident in the Carholme Ward.
It is also calling for local residents to register at the Co-op pharmacy to try and stand a better chance of keeping the “crucial local service” open. A spokeswoman from Lincolnshire Co-op has confirmed that the pharmacy will be closing in the summer.
She said: “We will be closing our pharmacy within the food store and petrol station in Carholme Road in Lincoln this summer. Despite our best efforts, the service is unviable and we have been subsidising it for a number of years.
“Our average branch dispenses 9,900 items per month and our pharmacy in Carholme Road dispenses much less than this, 2,100 per month. All our colleagues at Winning Post will be transferred to our other branches.”
Whilst a closing date is yet to be confirmed, Lincolnshire Co-op advises patients to transfer their prescriptions to nearby pharmacies, including Newland Pharmacy or Burton Road Pharmacy. It has also recommended that patients use the free home delivery service for those unable to reach its pharmacies in person.
The spokeswoman for Lincolnshire Co-op added: “We were keen to find a solution and try and make the service sustainable for the community so in March 2017, we moved it into our Carholme Road petrol station and food store. The aim was to increase the number of patients using the pharmacy by opening the service up to commuters and people who use the filling station as well as the local community.
“This move involved a significant investment but sadly, has not led to making the pharmacy more sustainable.” Lincolnshire Co-op said other issues shaped the decision including government funding for community pharmacies not being in line with inflation and an increase in wages, which has put a strain on pharmacy providers.