ELLSWORTH — Northern Light Health is planning on opening a new pharmacy at 151 High Street next year. Construction has not yet begun on the building, but the plan is have it complete and open in fall of 2023.
The site is in front of Renys at the former location of the Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce, which relocated next to Martha’s Diner in March 2021.
“We are still in the design phase right now,” said Matthew Marston, vice president and chief pharmacy officer at Northern Light Health.
Currently, Northern Light operates Maine Coast Hospital in Ellsworth and Blue Hill Hospital but does not have a pharmacy in the Ellsworth area for customers who are not patients at a medical care facility.
“We chose this location understanding that we do not have a pharmacy presence in the Ellsworth area,” said Marston. “We are very much a pharmacy for the community, patient or not.”
This facility will be a standard pharmacy that will be accessible to the general public. The pharmaceutical services at the hospitals will remain for patients after the construction of the new pharmacy.
“This would be an outpatient retail pharmacy,” said Marston. “Hospitals have inpatient and that will stay.”
The building will consist of the main pharmacy area, with an additional office and consultation room. These spaces will allow Northern Light to offer a variety of different services aside from filling prescriptions.
There will be a pharmacy counter and drive-through window for customers who are picking up medications, but the facility will also offer pharmaceutical consulting so customers can meet with a pharmacist in the consultation room. Medicare consults will also be offered to help customers and patients choose the right plan.
Northern Light plans to offer other pharmaceutical conveniences, including multi-dose packaging, vaccinations and home medical and health equipment that can be difficult to get elsewhere.
“Special ordering for wheelchairs, walkers, things that patients struggle to find in a regular pharmacy,” said Marston.