The newest facility in an innovative partnership between Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (LTHT) and Boots UK has been officially opened in the Bexley Wing at St James’s University Hospital.

Julian Hartley, Chief Executive of the Trust, joined Jackie Buxton, Head of Hospitals, Boots UK, at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new outpatient pharmacy.

It has been provided as part of a pharmacy partnership with Boots UK, which means patients at the two main hospitals in Leeds benefit from a more convenient outpatient prescription service.

Based just inside the main entrance of the Bexley Wing, the new Boots outpatient pharmacy joins existing Boots facilities at St James’s (Chancellor’s Wing) and Leeds General Infirmary (outside Jubilee Wing).

Patients attending the Leeds Cancer Centre will be offered more choice in how to receive their medicines which aims to reduce the time they have to wait at the hospital.

The pharmacies are part of the Trust’s strategy to provide more services seven days a week. Thanks to extended opening hours, patients will have more opportunities to access a dedicated outpatient pharmacy service and access to a range of retail products such as essential toiletries and over-the-counter medication.  The partnership has also enabled all three pharmacies to be registered as dementia friendly and in addition the LGI branch is also registered as ‘safe place for vulnerable adults’ in line with a Leeds City Council initiative.   

Una Laverty, Lead Clinician Clinical and Supply Services at LTHT, who has been leading the project, said: “We are very excited about our partnership with Boots UK. There are very clear benefits to our patients including a seven day service and extended opening hours giving patients more opportunities to collect their hospital prescriptions.  This is particularly beneficial for those patients attending A&E and acute services at LTHT.

“Boots will maintain the standard of high quality pharmacy services at our hospitals and ensure that patients are placed at the centre of care. The Boots team will also be able to provide expert advice and support to those people using the service.”

Peter Bainbridge, Director of Pharmacy, Boots UK added: We are proud to be working in partnership with such a pioneering and respected Hospital Trust. Through our shared values and multidisciplinary expertise, we can provide patient-centred care right in the heart of the local community. LTHT patients will continue to receive an excellent hospital pharmacy service but with the many additional benefits, products and services that come with a modern Boots pharmacy.”

The transition comes after Boots UK was awarded a contract In December 2014 by Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (LTHT) to provide outpatient pharmacy services at Leeds General Infirmary and St James’s University Hospital.

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