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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.


Crawley Council urges closed businesses to apply for lockdown business grants



Businesses that have had to close due to the current lockdown can now apply for new government grants.

This latest grants are called ‘Local Restriction Support Grant (Closed) Addendum: 5 January onwards’ (LRSG) and Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment (CBLP).

The grants cover the six-week period of lockdown from 5 January until 15 February.

Both grants are based on rateable value. The rate of payment for eligible businesses is:

  • For properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or under, grants are £2,001 (LRSG) and £4,000 (CBLP) – a total of £6,001
  • For properties with a rateable value of between £15,001 and £50,999, grants are £3,000 (LRSG) and £6,000 (CBLP) – a total of £9,000
  • For properties with a rateable value of £51,000 or over, grants are £4,500 (LRSG) and £9,000 (CBLP) – a total of £13,500.

Crawley Borough Council is administering and distributing these grants on behalf of the government.

Businesses can check if they’re eligible by visiting

Applications for these grants can be made at

Councillor Peter Lamb, Leader of the Council, said:

“We know many local businesses are struggling. While the council is doing everything it can to support and rebuild the local economy, it’s vital any organisation which does need support applies for every grant for which they are eligible.”

For more details on help available for businesses visit

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