UPDATE: One Stop withdraws Tangmere pharmacy plan

IN RESPONSE to an article in the Chichester Observer revealing a village’s medical centre could be in jeopardy, a company has made a swift U-turn.

As reported in yesterday’s Observer (July 4), residents of Tangmere started a petition to save their medical centre, following rumours a pharmacy could be opening in the branch of the village’s One Stop store.

Friends of the Tangmere pharmacy campaign to save their dispensary.''Picture by Louise Adams C130905-1 Chi Medical Centre

Friends of the Tangmere pharmacy campaign to save their dispensary.''Picture by Louise Adams C130905-1 Chi Medical Centre

The store, which will also soon be incorporating a post office, would have hosted a pharmacy run by Salman Healthcare.

According to campaigners, the new pharmacy would endanger the medical centre’s dispensary, as it could only dispense to people who did not live within one mile of a pharmacy – ruling out residents of Tangmere and nearby Boxgrove.

Residents were also worried about the accessibility of the One Stop and the knock-on effect the closure of the dispensary would have on the medical centre.

Dr Alice Chishick of the centre said the loss of the dispensary could force the medical centre, which opened in 2009, to close.

Following yesterday’s article in the paper and video which appeared on the website, which is viewable here, One Stop released the following statement on Thursday evening:

“We’re really proud to serve the Tangmere community, and we’re always looking for new ways to make shopping at the store even more convenient for customers. That’s why we’re introducing a Post Office Local service, and we hope customers will enjoy its extended opening hours and range of services. We’ve also been considering the option of an in store pharmacy, but have made the decision that this store is not the right location for the service.”

One Stop said on Wednesday they were considering a pharmacy.

For a full story and fallout see next week’s Observer