Residents in Terrington St John will soon see their pharmacy reopening in its new home, leaving behind the portable buildings they have coped with for over three years.
The original brick home of both the doctor’s surgery and dispensary on Main Road closed in November 2010, but when the surgery reopened, there was no longer space for the pharmacy.
Dr Ardeshir Danesh said: “We obtained a license and opened in portable buildings in January 2011 because we were serving such a large population, but it hasn’t been easy. It’s been down to the hard work of the staff I have, and our understanding patients, that we have got through this time. We are really looking forward to getting in the new building.”
The new pharmacy, which can be found on the same patch of land where the portable buildings stood in Old Church Road, will offer a lot of new services as a result of all the extra space. There will now be private consultation rooms, more products on sale and they will continue to run the home delivery service, which has already proved very popular with residents.
Dr Danesh said: “We hope these extra services will help our customers and help to take the pressure off the doctor’s surgery. The building work has already started and we hope to be in the building by September.”
He added: “The parish council has been a great help and their support has kept us running all this time. The real reason we’ve been able to commit to having a purpose-built building is because we have the community behind us.”
Pharmacy services will be available on the Scout hut land next door until the opening of the new building.