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Struggling to get to your nearest pharmacy?

November 23, 2022
4 minute read
Andrew Farquharson

As a Phlo Digital Pharmacy patient we make sure you’ll always get your prescription medication delivered direct to you. Whether you’re at home, work or visiting family across the UK; we’ve got you covered with our range of flexible delivery options. We’re an NHS approved pharmacy and if you live in a rural location we’re here to make sure you’ve always got speedy access to medication, even if your local pharmacy might have closed or reduced its opening hours.

Did you know that over 800 pharmacies permanently closed in England between 2015 and 2022? With only 130 new pharmacies opening in the same period, we know that’s a real inconvenience for rural pharmacy patients like you.

Bearing the burden

Our rural communities already face accessibility challenges, over and above disproportionate closure rates. Across Bath and NE Somerset there are only 18 pharmacies per 100,000 people and a recent accessibility study highlights a stark ‘distance decay’ in accessing healthcare services in rural areas. Approximately 98% of England’s urban population is 20 minutes’ walk to a pharmacy, whereas in rural areas this drops dramatically to 19%.  

But it’s not just the ‘distance decay’ affecting accessibility; there’s a substantial rise in partial and full-day closures whereby a pharmacy may close with limited or no notice. For our rural communities this means the abrupt halt of pharmacy services and direct access to medication and consultation services. At a personal level this means a wasted journey to the pharmacy, not being able to obtain essential medication and increased costs associated with multiple pharmacy trips.

We’re here to help

As a Phlo patient you can let us take the strain. You’re in control of you prescription medication, from requesting repeat medication from your GP to convenient home delivery at a time that suits you. Our safe and secure patient portal has everything you need to take away the stress of accessing your medication.  

Managing your medication with us is easy!

In four easy steps you can switch to Phlo and arrange for your medication to be delivered to you - and at no cost. If you live in a rural area or find it difficult to get to your nearest pharmacy, then we’re here to help.

  1. Register online and nominate Phlo as your Pharmacy  
  2. Request repeat medication from your GP on our app  
  3. Choose a delivery time that suits you  
  4. Track your delivery via our friendly delivery partner  

Find out more about how Phlo can become your personal prescription assistant.

Just because we’re a digital pharmacy doesn’t mean we’re not human. Our Phlo Pharmacists and trusted delivery partners work alongside our dedicated Patient Care team to make sure you get your medication when you need it. You’re in control, and no longer need to worry about getting to the pharmacy to find out it’s unexpectedly closed. Welcome to the Phlo community.

If you have any questions about how Phlo works and how we can help you access your essential medication, get in touch with our friendly pharmacy team who can offer you advice and guidance.

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