A new Boots pharmacy will at Northampton General Hospital to ease the burden on the existing pharmacy team and improve patient service.
The branch is to open in June across the corridor from the existing pharmacy on the Hospital Street corridor.
It will focus on outpatients allowing the hospital team to dedicate more time to the pressing needs of patients on wards and improve the process for those being discharged.
Paul Rowbotham, the hospital’s chief pharmacist, said: “The new arrangement will allow the main pharmacy to concentrate on discharges and outpatients, meaning that we can give better care to our sickest patients.
“It will also improve the outpatient experience, free up some pharmacy technical staff to work on the wards, and it will save money for the local health economy.”
Mr Rowbotham said six in 10 of NGH’s outpatients, which number 20,000 a year, take their prescriptions to a local pharmacy, often requiring a separate journey.
He predicted the new Boots branch will deal with almost all of those 20,000 on site.
The branch has been funded by savings on VAT and will be sustained by an income share on retail sales.
It will be open from Monday to Friday with patients receiving prescriptions up until 6pm and it is hoped most patients will wait less than 15 minutes for their prescription.