Above: Pharmacy out at patients Southport DGH

Sefton residents, organisations and professional bodies are being invited to have their say on pharmacy services across the borough.

A new two month consultation called Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) has just opened and will be running for two months.

Sefton’s Health and Wellbeing Board has developed the new PNA which looks at the need for pharmacy services across the borough, the level and accessibility of them and how these will be maintained in the future.

Cllr Paul Cummins, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Older People and Health, said: “The council has a responsibility to produce a PNA with the final report forming the basis for commissioning pharmacy services, in Sefton. If gaps are identified we need to ensure that appropriate services are available in the borough to meet residents’ needs.

“The PNA is very important as the local pharmacy is often the first place we turn to when we are concerned about our health or our family’s health. That is why it is important we find out what residents want and how pharmacies could meet these needs.”

Anyone who uses a pharmacy, which includes your local pharmacy or chemist shop, pharmacy services in Supermarkets and GP practices that dispense medicines for their patients and online pharmacies is encouraged to comment on the PNA by completing a quick online, anonymous survey.

The draft PNA incorporates over 200 responses received when residents were first consulted in August. The new consultation is open until February 1, 2015 and can be found on the Consultation Finder website.

Full printed copies of the draft PNA and versions in another format are available. Please call Sefton Council’s Public Health Team on 0151 934 3308 to receive one.

PNA’s are used by NHS England to decide whether to approve applications for new pharmacies by the CCG’s and Council when they decide to commission additional services through pharmacies.

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