Skin Care is the focus

Our business in the United Kingdom

Every day millions of people across the United Kingdom (UK) rely on the services provided by Celesio UK; a leading provider of integrated healthcare services to the NHS, specialising in medicines, pharmaceutical care and primary care patient services.

At a glance

  • Largest community pharmacy network in the UK
  • Leading national pharmaceutical distribution operation
  • Ca. 25,000 employees
  • Services for medicines manufacturers through to individual patients in the community
  • About 1,800 pharmacies (September 2016)
  • Includes AAH Pharmaceuticals, LloydsPharmacy and several other companies


AAH Pharmaceuticals delivers 15 million items every week to more than 6,000 pharmacies and other organisations from 16 modern distribution centres. The company is the largest pharmaceutical wholesaler in the UK. Its support centre is located in Coventry. AAH Pharmaceuticals has been a part of the Celesio Group since 1995.

AAH’s mission: 

We offer our customers a comprehensive range of services that does just about everything from helping manufacturers develop new, innovative products to making sure they get the returns they need from existing lines. At AAH Pharmaceuticals we understand that no two of our pharmacy customers’ requirements are exactly alike. Each customer – however big or small – gets exactly what it needs and when it needs it. 

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United Drug Sangers

Since July 2016 United Drug Sangers is managed by Celesio UK. Together, AAH and Sangers are the leading distributors of pharmaceuticals in Northern Ireland combining over 200 years of industry expertise.


The UK has a population of 65 million people, and has almost 14,000 pharmacies. In 1997 Celesio acquired its first pharmacies in the UK, and today, it has the largest community pharmacy network in the UK with more than 1,800 own pharmacies and a network of more than 6,000 supplied pharmacies. LloydsPharmacy dispenses more than 150 million prescription items annually.

LloydsPharmacy inspires positive lives through health services, with a focus on skin and pain management, the stores also provide blood pressure testing, Type 2 diabetes testing, asthma services and stop smoking services. NHS services such as the New Medicines Service and Medicine Use Reviews are also available.

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AAH also offers pharmacies a partnership model called Careway. Pharmacies can keep their names and local identities, but at the same time boost business through taking advantage of expertise in five areas; OTC Proposition, Pharmacy Services, Business Support, Wholesale Services, and IT Systems & Digital Technologies. They are also offered the opportunity to become a LloydsPharmacy franchise, where they use full LloydsPharmacy branding, store concept and receive access to services such as customer services.

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John Bell & Croyden

is one of the oldest and most celebrated pharmacies in England. The pharmacy, which has existed for more than 200 years, recently reinvented itself as a one-stop health and wellbeing emporium following a multimillion pound refit and refurbishment in September 2015. John Bell & Croyden holds the royal warrant as pharmacists to Her Majesty The Queen and has held this warrant for over 50 years. 

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More services


Betterlife is the UK’s largest online retailer of mobility and independent living aids which help people get on with living. In 2014 the first dedicated bricks and mortar ‘Betterlife’ store opened in New Wortley, Leeds. The pioneering ‘Betterlife’ store has been crowned ISG Store Design of the Year at the Oracle Retail Week Awards 2015.

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LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor

LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor is a doctor-led initiative providing safe and reliable remote online healthcare to anyone in the UK and Ireland. The service was first founded in 2002 under the name ‘DrThom’ and was the first ever online healthcare organisation to register with the government regulator of healthcare – the Care Quality Commission.

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Evolution Homecare

Established in 2008 Evolution Homecare, with a nationwide infrastructure, has a proven track record in serving the home healthcare market. It provides dispensing and delivery, ancillaries management, nurse support for training or administration of medications where necessary, and patient centric and value added compliance and concordance programmes.

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Bupa Home Healthcare

Bupa Home Healthcare provides clinical care in patients’ homes for a number of conditions including those that require specialty medicines such as Intestinal Failure and Lysosomal Storage Disorder, Cancer, Multiple Sclerosis and Rheumatoid Arthritis. The company has a national nursing team and its own aseptic manufacturing facilities. Around 1,000 employees are based across the UK.

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MASTA (Medical Advisory Service for Travellers Abroad) is a travel healthcare business based in the United Kingdom. It offers travel health consultations, vaccinations (including yellow fever), anti-malarials and travel related retail items.

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Modern Slavery Act

Following the requirements for Section 54 of the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015,  the commercial organisations listed below have published their statement for the financial year ending March 31, 2016. Please click on the links below to see the full statements: