Reavley Chemist has provided NHS and other health-care services to the town, the surrounding villages and hamlets, and an increasing global client base through its website, for 3 generations, over nearly 100 years. Its Customer Satisfaction Survey results are exemplary, independently audited by The Informacist, the industry leader in pharmacy customer research. Whilst opening hours are on a traditional model, Cedric Reavley is himself available by phone out of hours, and he provides a service to the local Community Nurses and Police on an emergency basis. Under the stringent rules governing the opening of pharmacies, Boots (UK) Ltd has applied for preliminary consent to be included on the Pharmaceutical list covering the Burford area, which is held by the Oxfordshire Primary Care Trust (PCT). This list gives permission for a Pharmacy business to dispense NHS prescriptions, to give advice, and to provide other pharmaceutical services. Specifically, Boots (UK) Ltd has shown interest in a premises in the lower half of The High Street, opening for 100 hours a week (8am - midnight on weekdays, 9 - 11pm on Saturday and 10 to 4pm on Sunday). Given the size of the local economy and the availability of NHS services in adjacent towns, Cedric Reavley believes that there is not sufficient demand to support two local pharmacy businesses. If Boots (UK) Ltd was to open and Reavley’s close, he believes that in the long run the local community would suffer, as he believes that Boots (UK) Ltd would find their long opening hours business model unsustainable. Burford might then end up with no Pharmacy independent of the local GP Surgeries at all. This Petition has been set up as part of a wider effort to demonstrate to the licensing authority, the Oxfordshire PCT, that it is inappropriate to grant Boots (UK) Ltd the preliminary consent they have requested. Local GP Surgeries and local village Parish Councils have also been invited, by the PCT, to respond to this proposal. If you think that Burford can only support one pharmacy, and believe the service provided by Reavley’s, as it has adapted to changes in NHS and local need over the years, is the best for the town and surrounding villages, please sign the petition below. The petition must be submitted to the PCT by 30th March, 2013, so it will close on 25th March. Paper copies of the petition are available from Reavley Pharmacy, and from other locations in Burford. If you wish to discuss the impact of the Boots (UK) Ltd application contact Mr Reavley (01993 823144, email: firstname.lastname@example.org), or the Oxfordshire PCT (01865 336800). To show your support for Reavley Pharmacy, please sign the petition – either on paper or online. Thank you.