MP sees how medicines are delivered

MP sees how medicines are delivered

To learn how vital medicines reach pharmacies and hospitals across the north  of England, Andrea Jenkyns, MP for Morley and Outwood, visited Alliance Healthcare's Leeds Service Centre in her constituency on Friday (22nd March).

Over 3,000 pharmacies, hospitals and GP surgeries order their medicines from this service centre, located near the bottom of Churwell Hill, which first opened in 1964. Every day, they deliver medicines and other healthcare supplies to pharmacies, hospitals and dispensing doctors across the county and beyond, travelling as far away as Hawes in North Yorkshire, down to Newark, and across to Burnley.

During her visit, Ms Jenkyns was shown around by Alliance Healthcare's Operations Director Matt Addison. She toured the semi-automated warehouse, and witnessed how medicines are received and stored safely and securely, in accordance with strict regulatory guidance. The centre was busy with orders being picked for delivery the next morning. Most customers get two deliveries every day in the week and one on Saturdays.

She was formally welcomed by Mike Smith, Non-Executive Chairman of Alliance Healthcare, a pharmacist with over 50 years' experience, and briefed on current issues around the supply of medicines and healthcare in general.

Commenting on her visit, Ms Jenkyns said: "I was delighted to be shown around their impressive warehouse, and hear about the vital role played by this company in ensuring that patients using community pharmacies, GP surgeries and hospitals across Yorkshire, the Pennines and the East Midlands get the medicines they need when they need them."     

Mike Smith said: "It was an absolute pleasure to meet Ms Jenkyns and to talk to her about what we do to ensure that patients get their medicines when they need them. Wholesalers are key to ensuring that people stay healthy and happy and we take extreme pride in performing this role. As we face economic and political uncertainty, some say this is the toughest environment faced by pharmacy in decades, and so we are doing whatever we can to support our customers and their patients." 

The visit took place shortly after Alliance Healthcare celebrated its 80th birthday, having been founded in 1938 by pharmacist Ernest Skues. He set up a London-based cooperative of local independent pharmacists originally known as UniChem. It is now the UK's leading pharmaceutical wholesaler and is a member of Walgreens Boots Alliance, an international pharmacy-led health and beauty group, which also includes the well-known British pharmacy chain, Boots. Leeds is one of 12 Service Centres run by Alliance Healthcare in a network spanning the whole of the UK.