UK 2020 Q2 Project: GP Surgeries and Healthsites
The second UK Quarterly Project of 2020 (April, May, and June) is detailing GP surgeries and other health site locations, including (but not limieted to) pharmacies, dentists, and COVID-19 temporary hospitals.
Surveying should not contravene any guidance on social distancing that may be in place. We encourage you to stay very safe, and to strongly consider armchair mapping activities.
Please share and add to this page any useful tools or sources.
Useful wiki pages
Potential sources and tools
- Aerial and street level imagery
- Care Quality Commission inspects all locations that provide care, including GP surgeries and dentists in England with it published under OGL. Attribute source correctly when using, similar to fhrs.
- Healthsites.io is a Global Healthsites Mapping Project which may have a lot of overlap with this quarterly project.
- Most pharmacies are listed in the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme.
- https://osm.mathmos.net/pharmacy/ from Robert Whittaker helps shows progress of pharmacy mapping.
Things to do
- Find photos in your own archives, or openly-licensed on Flickr (or elsewhere) and add them to Wikimedia Commons; then tag the OSM object with a link
- Do not leave home to take photographs!
- create Wikidata items for chains not listed below; including local or regional groups
- alongside Wikidata, check the Name Suggestion Index for UK brands. See  and filter by 'gb'.
- check street addresses are accurate and complete
- check or `add web addresses
- check for pharmacies inside medical centres or supermarkets
- refine local access (entrance locations, parking, etc).
Chains to look out for
Don't copy info from the storefinders, but branch web pages are preferred over generic homepages.
|Boots||https://www.boots.com/StoreLookupView||Getting the branch web page over search result is preferred, but not essential.||Q6123139|
|Day Lewis Pharmacy||https://www.daylewis.co.uk/pharmacyFinder.php||Q62563772|
|Jhoots Pharmacy||https://www.jhootspharmacy.co.uk/jhoots-pharmacy-branches.htm||Sometimes stylised to JHOOTS, storefinder doesn't show recent take overs||Q91440588|
|Lloyds Pharmacy||https://www.lloydspharmacy.com/AjaxStoreLocatorDisplayView?storeId=10151||Getting a clean URL from the storefinder can be difficult, but you only need ?storeId=10151&storeIdentifier=x||Q6662870|
|Superdrug||https://www.superdrug.com/store-finder||Not always a pharmacy||Q7643261|
How to map (in the UK)
Chemist shops and pharmacies
- OSM specifically differentiates between a shop=chemist and a amenity=pharmacy
- A chemist shop may have a pharmacy counter within in. Q: is the pharmacy counter a separate node within the chemists, or does this make the entire node an amenity=pharmacy?
- I think it should become one poi in most cases with amenity=pharmacy. You don't want 2 Boots nodes next to each other, One feature, one OSM element. However I think supermarkets that contain pharmacies are different, if it's a Sainsbury's with a Lloyds Pharmacy inside it it's a separate node and also, Tesco with a Tesco pharmacy so that they can have separate opening times. CjMalone (talk) 14:25, 22 April 2020 (UTC)
- A shop with 'Pharmacy' in its name (e.g. Lloyds Pharmacy) may appear very similar to a chemists (e.g. Boots the Chemist) with a pharmacy counter. Q: does the name automatically make it an amenity=pharmacy?