First Boots drive-through opens

Drive-through Boots chemist opens in UK

The first ever drive-through Boots chemist has opened in the UK, on land where a former McDonald’s restaurant once stood.

Customers can arrive at the window of the new drive-through, hand over their prescription at the first counter and collect their medication at the second counter within two minutes.

The super-speedy new service has opened in Colchester, Essex, and will act as a pilot scheme, which if popular, will be expanded throughout the UK.

Over 3,000 drive-through chemists have already been introduced across America – based on the drive-through fast food chains like McDonald’s – and have proved highly successful.

The manager of the new Essex store said: ‘It works just like a restaurant drive-through. You take your prescription up to the first hatch, put it in, the information is checked and then the items are dispensed at the second window, without leaving the car.

‘It’s lightning fast – instead of fast food it’s fast medicine.’

He added: ‘It’s ideal for people with children or who are disabled. You don’t have to worry about finding a parking space, getting the children out of the car seat and into a buggy or a person into a wheelchair. It’s all done without stepping out of the car.’

The chemist also sells make-up, fragrances and photo printing.

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