Lo’s Pharmacy set to launch innovative hub and spoke model

Lo’s Pharmacy, a Yorkshire-based pharmacy chain is adopting a new approach to hub and spoke in a first of a kind model to be used in the UK.

The pharmacy will centralise its repeat prescription dispensing service for original packs with the support of its medication wholesaler.

The independent group, which has 25 NHS community pharmacies across Yorkshire, will install Centred Solution’s Automated FLOWRx Hub product at its central dispensing
facility in Wath-Upon-Dearne, South Yorkshire.

But unlike other FLOWRx customers, who pick packs from a robotic dispensing system or internal warehouse, Lo’s Pharmacy will receive patient-specific flow totes
directly from their wholesaler which can then be processed by their hub.

This workflow has not been used anywhere else in the country until now and it is a revolutionary approach to hub and spoke dispensing, showing what can be achieved
when key players decide to collaborate. It further demonstrates that there are range of variations of hub and spoke models available and accessible to independent
and multiple community pharmacies across the UK.