North Oxfordshire MP, Victoria Prentis has said:
“Following concerns raised by a number of my constituents about the accessibility of the new pharmacy in Deddington, I got in touch with the Chief Executive of Delmergate Ltd to pass along my own views as well as those of my constituents.
In their response to me, Delmergate explained that their opening times of 09:00 to 17:30 were decided on during the extensive application process, where a number of parties were invited to express concerns and objections. However, given the further concerns raised, Delmergate will be extending their opening times to 18:30 in a provisional period where they will monitor usage and footfall.
As well as the extended timings, I was pleased to learn that Delmergate also offer a free prescription collection and delivery service for homebound patients. The new pharmacy can also stock medicines for patients and provide advice without appointment.
I do feel it is important for Deddington residents to have access to a range of services through the new pharmacy, but I have held reservations about the impacts of the change on existing patients. However, NHS England has assured me that any constituents facing extreme difficulty in getting their medication from a community pharmacy can apply for an exemption. This can be done by contacting Beth Lacey on 01865 963808 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to stay up to date on any developments with the campaign, please do keep an eye on my website at https://www.victoriaprentis.com/campaigns/deddington-pharmacy. ”