Wales first for Ospreys' partner

Rhodri Jones and Gareth Thomas visited The Health Dispensary in Neath before setting off on the team’s trip to South Africa, to see the first automated prescription collection point installed in Wales

Clinic Receptionist Yvonne Greaves, who coordinated the visit said:


The Health Dispensary is the first pharmacy in Wales to install a 24/7 drop off and collection point for prescriptions, simple, convenient and easy to use. We thought it would be a great photo opportunity to officially open the Pharmaself 24 dispensing point and have two of our talented Osprey players in attendance along with the pharmacy team.”

The Health Dispensary provides medication throughout the year to keep the Ospreys team in tip-top condition. In addition to NHS dispensing, the pharmacy also has a wellness clinic supporting the community in living healthier and happier lives and are pioneering mental health support.

Owner Ali Sparkes was born and bred 300 yards from the pharmacy. Recently refitted and rebranded to a very high standard, The Health Dispensary has five consultation rooms for an array of health services including weight management, Traditional Chinese Acupuncture, Health Checks, Osteopathy, Reflexology, Counselling and Medicine Reviews.


Ali commented “By increasing quality, driving innovation and improving productivity we create more time to spend on our customer relations which is so important to us. We love making life easier for our clients through innovation and supporting them when they need help from our friendly team.”

Nick Lockley from the operations team at the Ospreys accompanied Rhodri and Gareth, and he said: “As a long term partner of the Ospreys, and supplier of all our medication needs, we are delighted to be able to join the team at the Health Dispensary to help launch a groundbreaking and innovative service for the community of Neath.”

The Health Dispensary has received numerous UK awards including the following

2010 Pharmacy Business  Patient Services Award.

2012 Chemist & Druggist Community Pharmacist of the Year (Ali Sparkes)

2017 Chemist & Druggist Independent Pharmacy of the Year

2018 Chemist & Druggist Community Pharmacist of the Year (Elizabeth Lawless)

2018 Natural Healthcare Pharmacy of the Year