Acting on behalf of a small independent chain, PSC were instructed to prepare and submit an application to relocate one of our client’s branches. The original pharmacy was located in a residential street virtually opposite a GP practice that was relocating to new build premises closer to the town centre approximately 650 metres from our client’s pharmacy.

PSC carefully identified patient groups who visited the existing pharmacy and compiled solid evidence explaining why each of those groups would not find the new health centre significantly less accessible. NHS England fully agreed with our arguments and subsequently approved the application. Rather unusually none of the interested parties who had initially commented on the relocation appealed against NHS England’s decision and final approval was granted early in January.

The GP surgery is now fully completed, and the pharmacy is expected to relocate within the near future.