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Boots teams up with private firm for in-store GPs

By Gareth Iacobucci

Boots has teamed up with Chilvers McCrea for its latest in-store GP venture in Brighton.

The pharmacy giant is to host the re-located Queen's Road surgery, run by the company, within a purpose-built surgery suite in it's North Street store.

Responsibility for all the practice's GP services and 2,000-strong patient list will be shifted to the Boots store in Mid-May.

The venture is Boots third in-store GP service - following successful schemes in Poole and Halifax – but is the first time Boots has teamed up with another private firm.

A PCT blueprint for the relocation said the practice was hoping to grow its list size to 4,000 patients within the first year, and was considering a walk-in-service, as well as offering extended opening hours, expanding to 2 GPs and increasing nursing hours.

PCT chief executive Darren Grayson said: 'I am delighted that Brighton and Hove is one of the first places to work with Boots in this way. This is partnership with a purpose – to deliver first class NHS primary care in top quality surroundings.'

Alex Gourlay, Managing Director of Boots, said: 'This is an excellent example of the potential for pharmacy to be involved in the wider provision of healthcare. The pharmacy is more than just a place to pick up prescriptions, and we hope that this development will help demonstrate the increasing role that pharmacy can play in people's lives.'

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