Barne Barton to get its own pharmacy later this year

Barne Barton will get its own pharmacy in the next few months – and plans are also to be prepared to build homes for up to 20 armed forces veterans.

With plans for a GP surgery thwarted, Tamar View Community Complex manager Pat Patel has been spearheading plans for a pharmacy on the estate.

His organisation is now in discussion with Day Lewis to provide a pharmacy, initially on a temporary basis in the Tamar View Community Resource Centre. If all goes to plan, Day Lewis – which already operates a pharmacy in Keyham – will take over space previously occupied by the neighbourhood beat team from Devon & Cornwall Police.

Day Lewis and another national chain have both been granted licences to operate a pharmacy on the site, but Day Lewis is the preferred choice for the local community.

Pat said: “We are hopeful that the pharmacy will be up and running in the next four months. It is badly needed on the estate and will be able to not only dispense prescriptions but also offer clinical advice.”

He added that there was a possibility that a doctor would also be available at the new pharmacy.

In the longer term the pharmacy will occupy the ground floor of a new building which will be constructed on the empty site adjacent to the Tamar View Community Complex, which had previously been earmarked for the GP surgery.

The proposed three-storey building would also provide around 20 single person supported living flats for ex services personnel who may also be rough sleepers.

Pat said: “As an ex serviceman myself, I am aware that there is a requirement to help some ex service personnel who are homeless with the transition from service life to civvy street.

“We have asked a number of organisations in Plymouth that currently support
homeless and rough sleepers to ascertain the number of ex service
personnel they are aware of and pass on the information to us”.

Pat added: “We will then be making multiple grant applications to initially
obtain planning permission and then to build the accommodation.

“We feel that our site on the old NAAFI shop plot is very appropriate to be used for this purpose.  Local residents will remember that the Barne Barton
estate used to be an MOD Married Quarters estate many years ago”.

 

First published in the Plymouth Shopper – February 2018

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