Do you use your local pharmacy? Have any thoughts on these local services? If so we would love to hear from you.
We need to understand more about local pharmacy services – do they meet the current needs of local people? What about the future?
We want to get a clearer picture of what people think of local services to help us identify any potential gaps and opportunities for improvement. You may think it would be of benefit to have pharmacies open for longer, or offer a wider range of services. It is issues such as these that we would like to know about and we would like your help.
If you have a few minutes to spare please complete our short survey available at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/pharmacyconsultation, or call us on 0300 111 8000.
We do know that the number of pharmacies in Staffordshire is similar to other areas of England and that these are generally located in convenient locations (98% of Staffordshire residents are within a 10 minute drive from their local pharmacy).
However, there are certain areas of Staffordshire where there are less pharmacies providing certain services, such as support to stop smoking, health checks, minor ailments and medicine use services. Therefore, there is potential for pharmacies to help further reduce hospital visits and generally improve our health.
Your views will influence our final ‘Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA)’ produced for Staffordshire’s Health and Wellbeing Board (HWB) and will be used by NHS England, Clinical Commissioning Groups and local authorities to consider if additional services are needed in the area.
The consultation is open from 13 October to 14 December 2014.
Please do get in touch and tell us what you think.
Pictured: Waitrose Lichfield pharmacy team