Pharmacy Campaign Update

Pharmacy Campaign Update

The creation of a licensed dispensing pharmacy in the south of Stansted Mountfitchet is a step closer to becoming a reality thanks to efforts of Stansted Surgery. Below we are publishing a press release posted to the Stansted Surgery Facebook page that details the background to their successful appeal to NHS England for inclusion on their pharmacy list.

๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€ ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ฒ โ€“ ๐’๐ฎ๐œ๐œ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐Ÿ๐ฎ๐ฅ a๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—น๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฃ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐˜‚๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—Ÿ๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜

Another dispensing pharmacy in Stansted Mountfitchet coming soon!
In March 2022, the Partners of Stansted Surgery formally approached a specialist solicitor to help us with an application for a dispensing pharmacy licence in Stansted Mountfitchet based on โ€œ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ง๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ดโ€, at a “๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ” address stipulated in our application, including areas at the bottom of Chapel Hill.

๐–๐ก๐ฒ ๐๐ข๐ ๐ฐ๐ž ๐ฆ๐š๐ค๐ž ๐š๐ง ๐š๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ข๐œ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง?

No one has made an application for a dispensing pharmacy in Stansted Mountfitchet since December 2016. This particular application was refused in January 2018. It was clear to us that residents of Stansted Mountfitchet did not have a reasonable choice in terms of pharmaceutical services, so we decided to give it a go.

๐‡๐จ๐ฐ ๐๐ข๐ ๐ข๐ญ ๐ฐ๐จ๐ซ๐ค?

The Partners had to form a Limited Company, as Partnerships cannot apply for a dispensing licence. It is important to note that this application falls completely outside of Stansted Surgery business and is a completely separate venture.
Our formal application was submitted on 11 August 2022. The application was refused by NHS England on 6 January 2023, and we had 30 days to appeal. This initial refusal was expected by us. We formally appealed on 3 February 2023, and on 24 April 2023 we heard that the application would be heard at a hearing. This hearing was held on 13 June 2023.

๐—ช๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ต๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—ด๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฏ ๐—๐˜‚๐—น๐˜† ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฏ.

This process was incredibly difficult, and we are extremely grateful to our solicitor who helped us navigate the very complex process, hard to interpret regulations, the many objections to our application, what information actually makes a difference to an application, and the general bureaucracy that comes with anything involving NHS England. He represented the people of Stansted Mountfitchet with passion and fought incredibly hard to get this fantastic outcome.

๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ก๐š๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ž๐ง๐ฌ ๐ง๐จ๐ฐ?

We have 6 months to find premises in our โ€œbest estimateโ€ stipulation within our original application, which will require approval by NHS England. After the date of approval of our premises, we have 1 year to open as a fully functional pharmacy. However, we hope to do this as soon as possible.

๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐š๐›๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฉ๐ก๐š๐ซ๐ฆ๐š๐œ๐ฒ ๐๐จ๐ฐ๐ง๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ข๐ซ๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐’๐ญ๐š๐ง๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐’๐ฎ๐ซ๐ ๐ž๐ซ๐ฒ?

The premises are owned by Hilton Properties Ltd, and they currently have a tenant in the property. We have written to the current leaseholder to enquire about taking over the lease from them, with a view to open the dispensing pharmacy in that location. If that is not an option, we will find alternative premises.
We have fantastic plans for our new pharmacy and will keep you all updated along the way.
We will post updates on our Facebook page, and surrounding community Facebook pages, and once we have secured premises, will set up a website for the new pharmacy, so you can track updates there too.

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