Pharmacy closed because demand ‘not as expected’

The owners of the old Johnson Hospital site in Spalding, including a pharmacy that closed after just two months, are asking for the public's help to decide on its future development.
The owners of the old Johnson Hospital site in Spalding, including a pharmacy that closed after just two months, are asking for the public's help to decide on its future development.
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The owners of the old Johnson Hospital site in Spalding say poor demand was behind their decision to close a pharmacy there after just two months.

A report in last week’s Guardian confirmed the pharmacy in Priory Road closed on September 10 when staff reportedly turned up for work only to find the building locked.

It opened on July 17 as a late night dispensing service for prescriptions but owners Dryden Ltd, who bought the site in October 2010, are now asking for the public’s help to decide what should happen to it.

Nick Maliochti, a spokesman for Dryden Ltd, said: “The company wants to do something to benefit the local community and it understood that a late night pharmacy was needed in the Spalding area.

“However, after two months of it being open, the pharmacy was only getting one or two customers a day and it was clear that the need for it wasn’t as great as expected.

“The company is now looking at various options for services to benefit the community and the prime motivation is to help the Spalding area.”

The pharmacy was to be the first stage of a redevelopment of the hospital which closed in June 2009 when a new £25 million community hospital opened in Pinchbeck.

A nursery and respite flats for stroke patients were also planned but now Spalding residents have the chance to decide what should happen to the old hospital.

Nick said: “We have a number of different ideas for the site in the pipeline, but if any Spalding Guardian readers have ideas, we would be very interested in hearing from them by emailing oldjohnsonnick@gmail.com.”

Coun Angela Newton, chairman of Johnson Community Hospital League of Friends, said: “I think a good use for it would be to provide day care facilities, similar to those offered by Age UK.”

“It’s clearly not a site that lends itself to retailing if the pharmacy and its closure is anything to go by.”