The 30,000 sq ft prescription fulfilment facility can dispatch one million prescription items a month, more than 10 times the capacity of the company’s previous system.
The new facility is pivotal to the 17-year-old company’s ambitious future plans, as it seeks to increase the number of customers using its convenient NHS home delivery medication service - as well as those using its online doctor, private prescription and over the counter medicine services.
The majority of the multimillion pound investment in the facility came from Pharmacy2U, supported by a £450,000 local enterprise grant from Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership business growth programme, together with funding from Barclays.
Daniel Lee, managing director of Pharmacy2U, said: “This is the latest in a long and proud history of innovation from Pharmacy2U.
“Since 1999, we have shown that there are new ways to provide pharmacy services – using the internet and home delivery to give patients more convenience and choice.
“Our investment supports the NHS’ aim of increasing access for patients to new types of pharmacy service.
“GP practices across the country are currently introducing electronic prescriptions – and this, coupled with our new dispensing hub, is making our well-established NHS repeat prescription service available to more patients across the country.
“The new facility is good news for the local economy too. We are now ready to scale up our business to the next level - with plans to significantly grow our customer base and market share.”
A total of 63 new jobs have been created at the company since work began on the project.
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