Comments prescribed as health leaders assess pharmacy services

September 29 2017

PHARMACY services in South Gloucestershire are under the spotlight to find out if they meet the requirements of local people and whether there are any gaps to be filled.

PHARMACY services in South Gloucestershire are under the spotlight to find out if they meet the requirements of local people and whether there are any gaps to be filled.

Comments made by users will help in the development of a pharmaceutical needs assessment, which will consider demand for pharmacies and how they can be maintained and developed in the future.

  The assessment will be used by the NHS to make decisions when applications are received for the opening of new pharmacies.

It will also provide information when the commissioning of other services is considered as they could be provided by community pharmacies.

Professor Mark Pietroni, South Gloucestershire’s director of public health, said: “Our pharmacies are an important part of the health service, not only for medication but also in providing valuable advice.”

He said there were several healthy living pharmacies now established in the district, which offered extra services such as support to quit smoking, and more pharmacies were working towards achieving that status.

Professor Pietroni said: “In addition, many pharmacies also offer routine vaccinations, which with the upcoming flu season helps to improve access and uptake of these vital services.”

Anyone who wants to make a comment should visit www.southglos.gov.uk/consultation by the deadline of November 27.