Making Progress on New Pharmacy Hub for Health Trust 

Nov 2017


LSHP and Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust are making good progress on a new two-storey pharmacy building at Maghull Health Park.


The project is well on track to meet its schedule for completion early in 2018, involving construction on Mersey Care’s Maghull site off School Lane, close to the Trust’s Indigo Training and Conference Centre, nearby Ashworth Hospital and a future Medium Secure Unit proposed for the site.


Once complete there will be an introductory period of testing and commissioning of the pharmacy building, including transfer of services and the movement of staff from the Trust’s existing pharmacy, currently based in old and unfit buildings at Mossley Hill Hospital, Liverpool.

The new pharmacy is a specialist service for Mersey Care’s use and is not a community pharmacy open to the general public.  Mersey Care is an NHS regional provider of mental health, learning disability and addiction services. It also provides high secure mental health inpatient services for England and Wales at Ashworth Hospital. The Trust recently took over the running of local community physical health services for Sefton and from April 2018 will take on similar community services for the City of Liverpool.


The new building will house a dispensary area, pharmacy robot and automation system on the ground floor. Small scale manufacturing and clinical trials’ areas will also be incorporated with cold storage, controlled drugs and quarantine rooms along with delivery hub and goods receipt office. The first floor will provide an open plan office, IT hub, confidential rooms, pharmacist and optimisation office space, staff room and changing facilities.


The installation of its hi-tech robotic storage, retrieval and dispensing machine will improve efficiency and patient safety. The relocation of the Trust’s pharmacy services to the new building will also support the Trust’s medicines’ optimisation strategy and provide opportunities for growth and development of services, including integration of the Trust’s Southport and Ashworth pharmacies.


The environmentally-friendly building will house renewables and acoustically treated plant on the pharmacy roof, concealed by a parapet. Two existing trees on the site will be replanted after a tree-specialist preserved them.


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