Residents' fears over late-night pharmacy
PEOPLE have launched a campaign against an late- night pharmacy in Brough, claiming it will attract drug addicts to the town.
The pharmacy, which will be created inside the doctor's surgery in Centurion Way, will be open from 7am to 10pm on weeknights and until 11pm at weekends.
Residents raised concerns after discovering the pharmacy will provide ten "local enhanced services", including the dispensing of methadone for recovering drug users and a needle exchange service.
Paul Dawkins, who lives in Centurion Way and is leading the campaign, said people believe the location for a pharmacy providing methadone late at night is wrong.
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Mr Dawkins, 42, said: "The nature of the pharmacy, with methadone being distributed and everything this brings, is not acceptable in an area where there are lots of young children and elderly people.
"It will be open early morning and late at night in the middle of a residential area, which is entirely the wrong place.
"The elderly residents who live in the sheltered housing opposite are petrified about this."
However, doctors at the surgery, and pharmacy owners NACAD 2, have strongly defended their decision to open the service.
Nigel Morley, superintendent pharmacist at NACAD 2, said: "Residents have been alarmed unnecessarily by something that is not likely to happen.
"Experience has shown these patients will not pose any threat or concern.
"When the pharmacy opens, residents will realise their worst fears were groundless.
"The extended trading hours can be welcome in the event of a child becoming ill, urgent medication required as part of palliative care or first aid items necessary for minor injuries."
Mr Morley told the Mail only a "handful" of the Brough Surgery patients may need to use these services.
He also said although patients are free to choose where they access the service, he believes it will only be people from Brough who access the new pharmacy.
"It is not expected that patients from Hull and surrounding areas will access our pharmacy, since they have many other alternative providers," he said.
"There are very few potential patients in the Brough community that might have need of substance misuse therapy and it is unfortunate that they should be demonised because they wish to start the journey back to a normal, drug-free life."
The pharmacy has planning permission from East Riding Council.
Residents have launched a Facebook page to campaign.
A spokeswoman for NHS East Riding said: "We understand people may have concerns, but supervised methadone services are widely available in most pharmacies , including the existing pharmacy in Brough."