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‘This makes it all worthwhile’ – Crawley News 24 article helps save Tilgate Pharmacy



When we highlighted in a news article on 11th August that the multi-national pharmacy chain, Lloyds Pharmacy, were closing their Tilgate branch, the story was spotted by Rahul Patel, Senior Pharmacist and Crawley Area Manager for Kamsons Pharmacy.

Rahul spoke to the Directors of Kamsons Pharmacy who approached Lloyds Pharmacy. Lloyds and NHS England, who agreed to stop the closure and instead transfer the Tilgate Pharmacy to Kamsons.

Kamsons Pharmacy is a family-owned and Sussex-based group and already operates pharmacies in Broadfield, Pound Hill, Furnace Green, Southgate Medical Centre and Brighton Road in Southgate.

Rahul Patel commented,

“It is solely thanks to Crawley News 24, highlighting about the closure, that we knew about it and were able to approach Lloyds Pharmacy to save the jobs of those that had worked there throughout the lockdowns and to safeguard a vital pharmacy service for the people of Tilgate.”

Rahul continued,

“When the pharmacy was closing, many patients signed up to have their prescriptions sent to other pharmacies. Now that we have kept it open, we ask that the people of Tilgate try to support their local pharmacy to safeguard it.”

Editor of Crawley News 24 Allan Dodgeon said:

“It’s hearing stories like this that make it all worthwhile representing and reporting on news for our town. We’d like to thank Tilgate Councillor and current Mayor of Crawley Francis Guidera and Tilgate Councillor Maureen Mwagale for keeping us up to date with what is happening around the ward. We wish the new operators all the success as they keep a vital lifeline open for local residents.”

Patients can nominate Kamsons Pharmacy at 9 Tilgate Parade, Crawley, RH10 5EQ to receive their prescriptions by the NHS or the Patient Access prescription-reordering phone apps. Alternatively you can call into the pharmacy or phone on 01293 525495 or visit

A range of services are available at the new pharmacy, on top of the usual dispensing of medicine, such as FREE local prescription delivery, prescribing services and free NHS flu vaccinations for everyone over 50 years old. Kamsons Pharmacy keeps a wide range of medicines in stock but also has five wholesaler deliveries a day so that most medicines can be obtained on the same or next day.

The Tilgate Kamsons will be open Monday  to  Friday  9am  to 6pm and Saturday 9am to 5pm, they can be contacted by telephone on 01293 525495.

It is also open 9am to 5pm on Boxing Day 26th December.


Jordan Bellamy from Crawley sought for recall to prison



Police in West Sussex are searching for 28-year-old Jordan Bellamy from Crawley, as the Probation Service require his arrest and recall to prison for breaching his release licence conditions.

Bellamy, who is white, 5’10″, of stocky build with brown hair and brown eyeswas released from prison on licence earlier in September part way through a 30-month sentence for coercive and controlling behaviour in an intimate relationship.

Enquiries are being made in the Crawley and Brighton areas and anyone who sees Bellamy or knows of his whereabouts is asked not to approach him but to contact Sussex Police via 999 or 101, quoting serial 49 of 04/09.

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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