Dispensary or Local Pharmacy
The new pharmacy in Coleford is called Coleford Pharmacy an opened on Monday 5th March 2018.
Non-prescription items can be purchased there. Patients can continue to have their prescriptions dispensed at the surgery or they can take their prescriptions to the new pharmacy or any community pharmacy in the neighbouring towns (in fact, anywhere in the UK). The choice lies wholly with the patient.
However, for those patients living closer than 1.6km (or 1 mile) of the new pharmacy “as the crow flies”, 6 months after the pharmacy has opened, Mendip Country Practice will no longer be permitted by law to dispense to you. This will be from 5th September 2018. This 6 month period from 5th March to 5th September is known as the gradualisation period. These patients will then need to take their prescriptions to any community pharmacy of their choice, which can include Coleford Pharmacy.
Patients living further than 1.6km (or 1 mile) from the new pharmacy "as the crow flies" can continue to have their prescriptions dispensed by the Mendip Country Practice if they so wish during the gradualisation period and indefinitely beyond that time, or they can take their prescriptions to any community pharmacy of their choice, which can include Coleford Pharmacy.
The current situation for non-dispensing patients registered with Mendip Country Practice, for example those living in Frome, Radstock and Shepton Mallet, will remain unchanged. They take their prescriptions to any community pharmacy of their choice.
Mendip Country Practice will continue its medication delivery service to those eligible patients. From 5th March 2018 it will change to Tuesday and Friday mornings.
Please ask at dispensary if you have any queries.