Our Group


PHOENIX is a large and successful group of companies ensuring patients and the public have access to high-quality healthcare in the UK and across Europe. We specialise in medicine distribution, pharmaceutical care and pharmacy based primary care services. We work in partnership with the NHS, healthcare commissioners and providers as well as pharmaceutical manufacturers to:

  • Provide the NHS with a safe, reliable and cost-effective supply chain to ensure patients get the medicines they need in hospitals, community pharmacies and GP surgeries
  • Improve access to professional healthcare advice and support, particularly in deprived areas. Help patients understand and manage their medication – in particular those with multiple long-term conditions in order to avoid complications and hospital admissions
  • Advise people on how they can live longer and healthier lives through lifestyle changes and provide the support they need to make those changes e.g. smoking cessation
  • Improve awareness of – and early screening for – potential life-changing, long-term conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity etc.

Within the Group we have brands and businesses which are trusted and respected by patients and healthcare professionals. Healthcare in the UK is facing unprecedented challenges – we are playing our part in ensuring we can help deliver improved patient outcomes at the lowest possible cost to the NHS.

Our brands include Rowlands Pharmacy, PHOENIX Healthcare Distribution, PSUK, Numark, Nupharm and NuCare. We support over 4,000 community pharmacies, including direct management of 484 rowlands branches; we deliver over 250 million packs of medicines each year through 13 depots situated across the UK. We employ over 5,500 people who provide support to the 25 million patients who visit our owned and supported pharmacies each year.

Strong UK brands

PHOENIX UK was created in November 1998 with the combined acquisition of L. Rowland & Co. Ltd based in Wrexham and Philip Harris Medical Ltd in Birmingham. The acquisition of a number of further regional wholesalers followed and these were all combined to form one wholesale company, PHOENIX UK.

Our Brands

Strong partner for pharmacists

PHOENIX is a strong supporter of Numark, who have over 60 years’ experience of working with their members to develop profitable independent pharmacies that deliver exceptional standards of care to local communities.  Our wholesale division provides a range of OTC and prescription solutions to their 3,750 strong membership.

Wholesaler of choice

PHOENIX UK wholesale activities cover many market segments of the healthcare system -pharmacy, GPs and hospital. In each segment, we strive to provide the highest quality service and back-up support required to allow our customers to flourish in the evolving healthcare system.

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Customer satisfaction

One of our major business objectives is total customer satisfaction. The individual wholesale depots are structured and empowered to provide the local service that customers require, with the support of our head office infrastructure.

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