The second half of 2015 saw a marked change in the way that decisions have been made, especially on appeal, for both distance selling ("internet") pharmacy applications and also "no significant change relocation" applications. Looking at distance selling first, those who look through the NHSLA website may have noticed that more and more applications are being refused at appeal ...

As part of our continued expansion we are delighted to announce the opening of our Belfast office. The first ever new pharmacy contract that we won was in Northern Ireland on 10th September 1997. This was also the first pharmacy contract ever approved inside a supermarket in Northern Ireland and we had to take the case to court before it was finally approved after nearly 3 yea ...

Bidford in Worcestershire has become our latest success story following the approval of our application to open a new pharmacy at Bidford Health Centre. The application was initially refused by NHS England, but the NHSLA convened an oral hearing and after hearing evidence the Panel unanimously approved the application.The health centre had recently moved away from the centre of ...

New pharmacy contracts are difficult to secure, but new pharmacy contracts in central London are almost unheard of. In May 2015 we were able to secure a new contract in central London, EC1 in the area around the St Katharine Docks development. The contract was fiercly opposed by a number of local pharmacy contractors who hired various solicitors and consultants to oppose the ap ...

Moving a pharmacy into a GP surgery sounds simple, especially when it is fairly close by already, but often the GP practice will be in a residential area and neighbours can be concerned about the impact of the pharmacy on their residential area. For the past 18 months we have been working with the Heswall and Pensby Group practice to do exactly this. Early in the process local ...

Rushport acts as pharmacy consultants across the whole of the UK and we are regularly working on projects across all four jurisdictions at the same time. The pharmacy regulations are noticeably different in each country and it is vital to understand the rules for opening new pharmacy or relocating existing ones before making a pharmacy application. We recently worked for a cli ...

Pharmacists who are thinking about setting up their own Distance Selling pharmacy should take a look at the recent article that featured in the Pharmaceutical Journal, in which Conor Daly spoke to Gareth Malson at the PJ and gave some advice to PJ readers on the processes and the potential pitfalls. To read the article just Click Here ...

For the second year running Rushport has been announced as a finalist in the Best Strategic Consultant category at the HealthInvestor Awards. The HealthInvestor Awards celebrate excellence and recognise innovation in the healthcare sector and the judges look for individuals and organisations that have made an outstanding contribution to healthcare during the year. The judges ...

Rushport is pleased to announce that we have just secured permission to open a new 40 hour pharmacy in Cheshire East. The application was originally refused by NHS England, but the NHSLA clearly had doubts about how NHS England had considered the application and decided to hold an oral hearing. One of our partners (Conor Daly) attended the oral hearing to give evidence in supp ...

We recently represented a client who had their application under Regulation 18 for unforeseen benefits refused by NHS England. At the same time a local dispensing doctor practice also challenged a ruling that the area of the application should not be considered a "reserved location" and that a new pharmacy would not prejudice the proper provision of medical services by the loca ...