New outpatient dispensing contract for Co-operative Pharmacy
Following a formal tender process The Co-operative Pharmacy has been awarded a seven year outpatient dispensing contract with Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust.
The service will be delivered for Accident and Emergency patients and outpatients from a purpose-built pharmacy at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary and from a newly refurbished area inside Calderdale Royal Hospital. The award means the creation of 15 new jobs across the two sites which will provide the service from summer 2012.
In addition to maintaining the hospital’s high standards of clinical governance and patient care, the dedicated pharmacies will reduce waiting times for outpatients. Outsourcing the outpatient dispensing to The Co-operative Pharmacy will also produce financial savings for the Trust.
Mandeep Mudhar, Head of Business Development at The Co-operative Pharmacy, said: “We are delighted that the Trust has awarded us the contract for these two sites. There are many synergies with the Foundation Trust model and The Co-operative movement which makes the award all the more pleasing. We look forward to implementing the service so that Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust and its patients can begin to enjoy the benefits of this exciting partnership.”
He added “Working in this way with the NHS is aligned with our existing business model and our ongoing goal of improving the health of our customers and their communities.”
Clinical Director of Pharmacy, Mike Culshaw, said: “We are really pleased to be working with The Co-operative Pharmacy on this project. We feel it will be of huge benefit to our patients, staff and visitors and are delighted that all of this is being achieved at no extra cost.”
Provisional opening times are: Monday – Friday 8.30am-7pm and on Saturdays 9am-2pm.
The Co-operative Pharmacy has almost 800 branches across the UK and is part of the Co-operative Group, the UK’s largest mutual business, owned not by private shareholders but by over six million consumers. For more information visit: www.co-operativepharmacy.co.uk
The Co-operative Group is the UK’s fifth biggest food retailer and a major financial services provider, operating The Co-operative Bank and The Co-operative Insurance. Among its other businesses are the number one funeral services provider, the third largest pharmacy chain and one of Britain’s largest farming operations. As well as having clear financial and operational objectives, the Group has also set out its social and sustainability goals in its groundbreaking Ethical Plan, which specifies over 50 commitments in these areas.
The Group operates 4,800 retail trading outlets, employs more than 100,000 people and has an annual turnover of more than £13bn. Further information is available at www.co-operative.coop
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