Haywards Heath residents react to 'disgraceful' Boots pharmacy closure news

News that a Boots pharmacy in Haywards Heath is to close next month has been described as 'disgraceful'.

Tuesday, 21st May 2019, 2:10 pm
Photo by Steve Robards

The pharmacy in America Lane, Bentswood, Haywards Heath, is closing on Saturday, June 29, a spokesman has confirmed.

Here is how we broke the news earlier: Haywards Heath retailer announces closure

Resident Marjorie Burt said: “I think it is disgraceful that Boots pharmacy is going to be closing in June.

Photo by Steve Robards

"There are a lot of older people here who are going to find it a great hardship. Not only that, there are a great number of younger people with small children who will be affected.

"I have lived here since 1960 and we have always had a chemist and I have never been so incensed about something before.”

Resident Jackie Bishop said the area has a significant elderly population, with no private transport.

"For many of the residents around here, it is an absolutely infuriating decision," she said.

Upset Bentswood residents and councillors outside Boots Pharmacy in Haywards Heath. Photo by Steve Robards

"The next nearest pharmacy is a 3/4 mile walk away, with no direct bus service, with the alternative being a mile walk into town, or on the bus, or the same to Sainsbury’s, where there is an in-house pharmacy."

Mrs Bishop said Boots is refurbishing 24 of its stores to be flagship 'glamour' beauty centres and on its website it 'trumpets itself as a responsible business in terms of supporting the local community'

"It is astonishing that on-one seems to have noticed the contradiction in terms here," she added.

Residents have set up a petition in a bid to ensure adequate healthcare provision is in Bentswood. The petition is for the attention of the NHS England and the Horsham and Mid Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group.

Anyone from Bentswood or who regularly uses the pharmacy and is wanting to sign the petition can contact ward councillor Stephen Hillier on 07830200722 or email [email protected]

Alternatively there are copies at Saltworks Cafe in America Lane. Or they can sign an online petition here.

Ward councillor Stephen Hillier has also responded to the news. Read more here: Boots pharmacy closure: Haywards Heath councillor responds to news

The NHS has also offered residents advice. Read more here: Boots pharmacy closure: NHS offers advice to Haywards Heath residents?

Boots has revealed why it is closing the store. Read more here: Boots pharmacy closure: Retailer reveals why it is closing Haywards Heath store

What do you think about the closure? Email your views to [email protected]