A NEW pharmacy is up and running in a high profile spot at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.

The Co-operative Pharmacy was officially opened at HRI yesterday.

Built in the main entrance, the purpose-built site aims to cut waiting times for outpatients’ prescriptions and save the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust money.

Chairman Andrew Haigh was joined by members of the Co-operative team at the ribbon cutting.

Co-operative Pharmacy managing director John Nuttall, said: “Both the hospital and pharmacy teams have worked hard to get the new service up and running and it’s great to see that some strong, close-working relationships have been formed already.

“As a community pharmacy we are committed to delivering a patient-focused service, in addition to helping the hospital make savings without compromising on quality.

“Initial feedback is positive and we hope to build on this during the coming months.”

The original hospital pharmacy will still operate from the lower ground-floor of the hospital, but will concentrate solely on medication for inpatients.

The new Co-operative pharmacy will take over dispensing the 5,000 outpatients prescriptions needed each month.

Mike Culshaw, clinical director of pharmacy at the Trust, said: “We are really pleased that the new Co-operative pharmacy is now up and running.

“It will mean our in-house pharmacy staff have more time to concentrate on managing medicines for inpatients at the hospital, ensuring that patients have all appropriate information about their medicines and understand how to take them. We feel it will be of huge benefit to our patients, staff and visitors and are delighted that all of this is being achieved at no extra cost.”

The Co-operative is also refurbishing an area of the pharmacy at Calderdale Royal Hospital and that is also due to be up and running soon.

Similar link-ups with the pharmacy chain are under way at hospitals in both Doncaster and Bradford.

Deputy chief executive of the Co-op, Martyn Waites, said they were “proud and honoured” to have been chosen as a partner for the Infirmary and that they were already getting positive feedback from patients.