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New Brent Cross Store To Be One Stop Shop For

Friday, 02 September 2011

People who follow a gluten and wheat free diet will now be able to get all their food from one place thanks to a partnership with Health Village from Lloydspharmacy and gluten and wheat free specialist, Dr. Schär UK.

Health Village from Lloydspharmacy will be the first UK pharmacy to offer a wide range of gluten and wheat free food - as well as gluten free food available on prescription. Health Village is a new concept in retail healthcare which brings together a range of health and wellbeing providers.  It opens this week (Tuesday 30 August) in London's Brent South Retail Park.

The partnership, between Lloydspharmacy, Dr. Schär UK and its leading brands, DS-gluten free and TRUfree, will allow those with coeliac disease, who get their staple food products on prescription, to buy extra items now not available on the NHS, following NHS budget cuts, such as sweet biscuits and crackers.

Emma Herring, Retail Brand Manager for Dr. Schär UK, says: 'This valuable one stop shop approach will enable customers to enjoy the convenience of being able to pick up their prescription and other food in just one place.

'Recent budget cuts from various NHS Trusts have meant that a number of gluten and wheat free products are no longer available on prescription. Plus, with the number of units allowed on prescription also being restricted, those with coeliac disease need to find somewhere else to buy these more 'luxury' items.'

Dr. Schär UK also produces the leading prescription gluten and wheat free food brand, Glutafin, which is already available in a number of Lloydspharmacy stores across the UK. Coeliac prescription limitations came into action last year and have led to an increase in demand for free from products.

Nick Hougham, Regional Director for Lloydspharmacy said: 'Health Village from Lloydspharmacy aims to support the wider healthcare needs of the local community and is an ideal location to introduce the new Dr. Schär product range when we open this month. Lloydspharmacy offers a range of condition specific products and services to customers and we are pleased that this new range will enable our Health Village pharmacy team to offer additional support to those with coeliac disease'.

To support the partnership, Dr. Schär UK - which has more than 30 years' experience in the market - has provided Lloydspharmacy staff with specialist training, to ensure employees have an extensive knowledge of the products and the associated conditions to assist consumers in making informed choices.

In helping  store staff to be among the most knowledgeable, the unique partnership will ensure customers at Health Village from Lloydspharmacy receive the very best service available by any retailer.

The store will stock Dr. Schär UK's TRUfree Rich Tea Biscuits, Digestives, Custard Creams, Bourbons, Chocolate Nobbles, Chocolate Fingers, High Fibre Crackers, Herb and Onion Crackers and Pretzels and DS-gluten free Brown Multigrain Loaf, White Sliced Loaf, White Ciabatta Rolls, Brown Ciabatta Rolls, Rice Cakes, Breadsticks, Cornflakes, Crispbread, Spaghetti, Penne Pasta, Lasagne Sheets and Fusilli Pasta.




Notes to editors:


  • Dr. Schär UK is the UK division of the European company Dr. Schär, market leader and pioneer in the gluten free food sector, drawing on the company's 30 year global heritage


  • Dr. Schär aims to be the leading food specialist for particular dietary and nutritional needs in Europe and America


  • The company was established to distribute and market gluten and wheat free products and remains committed to making gluten and wheat free food as convenient and tasty as mainstream foods


  • Its Dietary Specials (DS-gluten free) range is brand leader in the retail sector and its Glutafin brand is a available in supermarkets across the Republic of Ireland.


  • The company is also responsible for the marketing and distribution of the TRUfree brand in retail.


  • Since 1998 the Warrington based team has been working closely with the loyal DS-gluten free customer base to develop a superb product range including ambient, frozen and chilled foods


  • Dr. Schär products cater for those with coeliac disease and wheat or gluten allergies or intolerances, and are also suitable for those who choose a gluten or wheat free diet for lifestyle reasons

Lloydspharmacy has over 1650 pharmacies across the UK.  These are based predominantly in community and health centre locations.  The company employs over 17,000 staff and dispenses over 156 million prescription items annually. 

Lloydspharmacy is a community pharmacy and healthcare provider which has primary care at the heart of its business.  This is why it has launched a range of products aimed at improving community health such as affordable blood pressure monitors and allergy relievers, as well as a suite of convenient professional health check services including free blood pressure and diabetes testing, and cholesterol and heart checks in the comfort of a private consultation room.

Lloydspharmacy is the trading name of Lloydspharmacy Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Celesio AG based in Stuttgart.

Health Village by Lloydspharmacy is a pilot concept in retail healthcare which brings together a range of health and wellbeing providers under one roof for the convenience of the public.  The first pilot store is due to open in Brent South Shopping Park on 30 August.

Expert services available in the Health Village will include an opticians, chiropodist, physiotherapist, audiologist, and medical and beauty skincare clinics. A pharmacy healthcare team will be onsite offering 100 hour dispensing as well as a range of specially developed clinical services.