New LloydsPharmacy receives official opening

Harrogate District Hospital and LloydsPharmacy have established a new partnership aiming to enhance on-site outpatient pharmacy services, which includes the opening of a brand new LloydsPharmacy dispensary on site.

The partnership has been developed to offer a more efficient and effective Outpatients Pharmacy service, allowing hospital pharmacy staff to spend more time on wards, supporting clinical teams and helping patients understand their medicinal needs.

Harrogate District Hospital and LloydsPharmacy colleagues at the official opening.

Officially opening the pharmacy was Angela Schofield, Chairman of Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust, and Andrew Willetts, Healthcare Solutions Director, Lloyds Pharmacy.

The new Outpatients Pharmacy dispenses medicines for outpatients, including some cancer Chemocare and Emergency Department prescriptions.

LloydsPharmacy has a proven track record working with other NHS hospitals, successfully reducing outpatient prescription waiting times.

LloydsPharmacy staff have been trained to offer advice and efficiently dispense medicines. They also have access to specialist advice through the Trust’s wider pharmacy team on more complex issues involving medicine management and dosage interaction – ultimately reducing waiting times for patients with prescriptions.

The main pharmacy in the Fewston Wing of the hospital will remain, with pharmacy clinicians freed up to offer an even more patient-focused service throughout all stages of a patient’s hospital stay.

More pharmacy staff on wards ensures that patients receive a higher quality of care, with advice and support to help manage medicines independently, during their stay and when they return home. This can expedite the discharge process, allowing people to return to their homes quicker after treatment.

Andrew Alldred, Director of Pharmacy at Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are passionate about providing high quality pharmacy services to our patients at the Trust.

“I’m delighted to have LloydsPharmacy on board. The partnership will significantly enhance the standard of our outpatients’ services for both patients and staff. The service has also allowed us to release some additional staff time to improve services for our inpatients.”

Commenting on the site opening, Ryan Smith, Healthcare Development Manager at LloydsPharmacy Healthcare Services, said: “We are passionate about enhancing patient experience and excited to be working collaboratively with the Trust to benefit patient satisfaction. Patients can seek advice from the pharmacist for a range of health needs from lifestyle to medication. We’re providing access to pharmacy services that promote better patient understanding of medicines, why they have been prescribed and how to take them more easily to get the most from them.”

The first batch of over a hundred health and social care jobs in the Harrogate area are now being advertised to help transform care locally. Health and care services are holding a New Care Models recruitment fair on Thursday 12 November at Harrogate District Hospital.

This event signals the progress being made by health and social care services in Harrogate and Rural District after being selected as a national Vanguard site earlier this year, leading the way nationally on better ways of delivering health and care services.

NHS, council and social care partners in Harrogate and Rural District are one of only 29 ‘Vanguards’ nationally to be at the forefront of improving care for local people, testing out new ways of delivering services, known as New Care Models, that will be rolled out nationally over time.

Community health and social care services in Harrogate and Rural District are changing and we are now recruiting a range of health and social care professionals who can work together across traditional boundaries to improve care services, by putting the person first.

Over the next couple of years, we will change the way we deliver health and care services across the Harrogate area, starting in Knaresborough and Boroughbridge to test out the model. These new roles will work in a team with GPs and other health and care staff and be supported to work together to provide a seamless service that is truly person-centred.

We firmly believe that people should have access to the right care as close to home as possible to keep them healthy, well and independent and only go to hospital if they really need to. This means changing the way we deliver services so that local people get the right care in the right place, first time, and experience the health and care services they deserve.

The recruitment fair takes place between 5-8pm at Trust Headquarters, third floor, Strayside Wing, Harrogate District Hospital. Interested individuals are asked to first apply for the role of their choice online at Once the application is received, if the person meets the job specification they will be invited to interview at the Recruitment Event on 12 November.

Recruitment is taking place for the Knaresborough and Boroughbridge areas and anyone interested can also find out more and register their interest for future posts around Harrogate, Ripon and Pateley Bridge. If you are any of the following or have experience in support roles in health and social care, we want to hear from you:

  • Qualified nurse
  • Occupational therapist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Pharmacist
  • Pharmacy technician
  • Advance clinical practitioner
  • Communications
  • Business intelligence and finance

In addition to the New Care Models posts, there are also vacancies for registered nurses working in a number of clinical areas at Harrogate District Hospital.

If anyone would like to talk about any of the jobs mentioned above they can call Pam Blythe on 01423 553041, or email [email protected]

This is a fantastic opportunity to shape health and care services for the future in the Harrogate area.