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Friday 30 September 2016
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Britain's first drive-through pharmacy opened in Essex

Britain's first drive-through pharmacy has opened for business on the site of a former McDonald's restaurant in Essex, it has emerged.

The new Boots store offers a speedy service allowing customers to drive up a window and hand over their prescription, then pick up their medication from a collection point.

It is attached to a conventional Boots store which offers the usual range of products.

The health and beauty retailer hopes mothers with children who do not want to leave their car and commuters who need their prescription in a hurry will benefit from the new style of pharmacy.

The company said drive-through pharmacies have been common in the US for years and the new stores could be rolled out across the UK if the first, based in Colchester, proves a success.

Tricia Kennerly, healthcare director at Boots said: "If this store proves as popular as we expect, we would consider other potential sites."

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"We have returned from the US this week and found drive-in pharmacies an excellent idea" – Lorraine Brett, Essex