A chemist at a town's doctors' surgery has announced that it is closing. 

The Boots Pharmacy at the Bungay Medical Centre will close on March 9. 

Signs have been put up at the chemist displaying the news.

Bungay mayor, Frances Betts, said the closure will be a big loss for the town. 

Beccles & Bungay Journal: Bungay Medical CentreBungay Medical Centre (Image: Bruno Brown)

She said: “The council are saddened we have not been told of the closure by Boots themselves and were aware of the rumours.  

"We will be discussing this at our next full council, any shop closure is not good for the town."

People in the town also voiced their frustration over the closure.

One person said: "It's fortunately so close to me, it will be a pain having to go into town. But what about older people who can't leave their car close by and pop in? Such a shame. Bungay is a dying town."

Another person said: "It's the most awful news possible for Bungay. Surely there must be something that the town can do. The chemist is right next to the doctors. Everything is right with the location at the doctors and leaving the one in the town centre is wrong."

Boots Pharmacy has been approached for a comment on the reasons for the closure and has not yet responded. 

In July 2023 Boots announced that it would close 300 branches located “in close proximity to each other” over the next 12 months.

The chain still has a branch in the town at St Mary's Street which is 0.5 miles away. 

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It is not clear if this is where patients who visit the surgery, who would usually go to the Boots at the doctors, will have to go to collect prescriptions. 

The Boots at the doctor's surgery has a car park and the one in St Mary's Street does not. 

Please get in touch and share your reaction to the announcement by emailing our reporter Bruno Brown at: bruno.brown@newsquest.co.uk

Beccles & Bungay Journal: Boots at Bungay Medical Centre is closing in MarchBoots at Bungay Medical Centre is closing in March (Image: Bruno Brown)