Elderly patients denied new pharmacy in Ashtead
16th June 2012
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Elderly patients are being denied a new pharmacy in their village after the NHS deemed it to be unnecessary.

Lloyds pharmacy, the only chemist in Ashtead Village, closed down in February, forcing patients to travel to other dispensaries in Craddocks Parade and Barnett Wood Lane for their medicines.

But an application to open a new pharmacy in exactly the same spot in The Street by Abdool Kureeman, owner of Ashtead’s Buckley Pharmacy, was this week refused by the NHS - leaving residents, councillors and local MP Chris Grayling up in arms.

Mr Kureeman said he is appealing the decision as it was based on an out-of date assessment of the pharmaceutical needs of Ashtead Village – which NHS Surrey denies.

For more details read Hardeep Matharu at Epsom Guardian

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