Pharmacy hub helps expand NHS mental health provision

Healthcare company Celesio UK has bought its pharmacy logistics and dispensing services together to make life easier for North East London NHS Foundation Trust (NELFT).

The NHS Trust and Celesio UK have worked together since 2010, providing medicines and a local and direct dispensing service to the clinics and wards of the Trust’s mental health unit. When the opportunity to expand services for the Trust arose, Lloydspharmacy and AAH pharmaceuticals colleagues worked together to find a larger, bespoke space for medicines to be dispensed.

A new purpose-built pharmacy hub opened at AAH’s Romford branch in mid-August, making it quicker and easier for hospitals and clinics across NELFT to obtain medication. The improved facilities put the pharmacy in a good position to meet the Trust’s developing needs.

The hub’s larger storage space means that three further wards in community hospitals can be serviced effectively and that medicines will be delivered twice daily.Celesio group colleagues gathered together last week (Wednesday 4 September) to celebrate the expansion of services to NELFT.

Rajshri Bali, Healthcare Services Business Development Manager for Lloydspharmacy said: “The opening of this new hub is the result of a great partnership between NELFT and Celesio UK. Not only that, we’ve shown how Celesio UK’s businesses can work together to provide solutions which are tailored for our clients’ needs.

“We are already able to dispense around 350 additional items a week to health services in the area, meaning that more patients are getting the medication that they need – and our increased deliveries mean that they are getting it faster.”

Heather Walker, Chief Pharmacist for the North East London NHS Foundation Trust added: “We are very pleased to continue our partnership with Celesio UK.

“The close working of AAH pharmaceuticals and Lloydspharmacy staff to develop the new hub means that our Trust is getting the service we require, which helps us to be efficient – and ultimately to meet the needs of our patients.”