Bury St Edmunds pharmacy looks to share building with town’s GPs

The St Olaves Precinct on the Howard Estate
The St Olaves Precinct on the Howard Estate
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A pharmacy in Bury St Edmunds has offered to share its premises with GP surgeries in the town to help improve access to healthcare for people in its community.

The Howard Estate’s Day Lewis Pharmacy is looking at the possibility of providing a room for GPs to serve as a ‘stop gap’ until a new surgery is built on the estate.

“The intention is to build a consultation room within the pharmacy so doctors in the area can operate surgeries from there,” said John Ronchetti, regional manager for the Day Lewis Pharmacy Group.

He added: “We’re waiting to find out what they (GPs) decide to do.

“We’re ready to go at a couple of weeks’ notice and are more than happy to help if it’ll benefit the community.”

Talks between the pharmacy, St Edmundsbury Borough Council and the West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group are due to continue next month.

Cllr Sarah Mildmay-White, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “We welcome any initiative which makes it easier for people to get health advice.

“For many people it can be an effort to travel to their GP, especially if they have young children or mobility problems, so having this facility on their doorstep could be a real benefit.”