About Us

Here at Monkbar Pharmacy we are proud to be York city centre’s latest and only independent pharmacy, aiming to offer patients a consistently high level of service. Monkbar Pharmacy is owned and operated by two local pharmacists, Paul Brett and Neil Withycombe both of whom have gained vast experience working in pharmacies in and around York.

The concept behind Monkbar Pharmacy was simple – to offer the services and products people would expect from a high street pharmacy in a friendly, punctual and professional manner. Not satisfied with this we also aim to be the pharmacy that goes that little bit further to help. So whatever your pharmacy need, why not drop in and speak to any of our highly trained, dedicated team and see how helpful a pharmacy can be.


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Paul Brett

Paul has been a pharmacist for 8 years, graduating from Bradford University in 2004. He has worked for most of the major chains of pharmacies in this time and understands how their service can be improved upon. He has extensive experience in managing patient’s long term medication and is usually able to find a way of making it easier for patients to remember to order and take their medicines to get the greatest benefit from them.
He also has five years’ experience in administering vaccinations and has helped to develop Monkbar Pharmacy’s innovative new travel vaccinations clinic and flu jab clinic.

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Neil Withycombe

Neil has 11 years’ experience working as a pharmacist, having graduated from Sunderland University in 2001. He has extensive experience working for most of the major companies and many people recognise him from his time spent working in other pharmacies in York. He strives to make time to get to know his regular customers and prides himself on his personal, friendly service; making patients feel comfortable and confident in the services he provides.

Pharmacy Manager

Monkbar Pharmacy

Bekki Shone

Bekki has a background in law and has worked in management roles at GP surgeries prior to her role at Monkbar Pharmacy. She will be on hand to speak to if you have any comments, compliments or complaints about Monkbar Pharmacy.