DONCASTER: Jobs boost thanks to new pharmacy venture

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Five jobs have been created with the launch in Doncaster of a new medical centre pharmacy, which could be the first in a chain.

New posts for pharmacy technicians have been created by Chestnut Pharmacy, which has opened at Carcroft Medical Centre, after gaining backing from Yorkshire Bank’s Doncaster Financial Solutions Centre under its Investing for Growth initiative.

Chestnut Pharmacy, which is open six days a week so patients are able to get their prescriptions on the same visit immediately after seeing their GP, is based within the surgery and will serve north-west Doncaster.

Three of the newly-appointed pharmacy technicians are qualified NVQ2 Pharmacy Technicians, and two more are being trained to the same level.

Pharmacy bosses anticipate a six-figure turnover in their first-year’s trading.

Superintendent pharmacist Osman Ali, who has founded the Chestnut Pharmacy with the Medical Centre GPs, said: “Chestnut Pharmacy is part of a trend of making primary medical care easier for patients who now do not have to wait, or travel, to get their prescriptions. Sick people deserve first-rate medical attention, and we can now provide a prescription collection and delivery service for the elderly and housebound.

“Yorkshire Bank has been very helpful, and quick to understand our needs.

“The funding has enabled us to start the pharmacy with full working capital for stock holding and to train our staff.

“After we have made this business sustainable, we aim to establish ourselves on other sites.”

David Haslehurst, who is business partner at Yorkshire Bank’s Doncaster FSC, said: “Primary healthcare is incredibly important, and we are pleased to be backing Osman and his team with a venture that will support healthcare for people in this part of Doncaster.”

Yorkshire Bank’s Investing for Growth initiative enables businesses to take advantage of loan repayment holidays, interest-only repayments and extended loan and credit terms.