In collaboration with longtime island pharmacist Allan Bell, Nantucket Cottage Hospital is opening a new community pharmacy at 10 Vesper Lane this Monday, August 30.
Located just across the street from the hospital, this new pharmacy will provide patients with greater convenience and continuity of care while sustaining an important community resource. Beginning on Monday, Island Pharmacy prescriptions will automatically transfer to Nantucket Cottage Hospital’s new community pharmacy, and the Cottage Pharmacy will be open to anyone in the community, not only patients of NCH.
“I approached the hospital last year regarding a potential relationship as I begin to step away from Island Pharmacy after 32 years,” explained owner Allan Bell. “I have been pursued by numerous chains and other off-island interests over the years, but I chose to reach out to NCH because of its deep roots on Nantucket and understanding of the needs of island patients.” Bell will continue to fill prescriptions at his Nantucket Pharmacy on Main Street. “I thank all of those at NCH and MGB that helped put this partnership together and allowing me to continue serving the community at Nantucket Pharmacy.”
For NCH patients, the new pharmacy will provide one-stop-shopping for their medical visits, allowing them to leave the hospital campus following an appointment with prescribed medications in hand. Prices will be in line with those at other retail pharmacies. At the outset, the new pharmacy will offer prescription drugs only, but its offerings and services may grow over time. Gary A. Shaw, President and CEO of Nantucket Cottage Hospital said, “We at NCH appreciate Allan bringing us this opportunity to ensure that his and our patients can continue to get their prescriptions filled at a convenient mid-island location close to the hospital.”
The Cottage Hospital plans to be open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.