Opinions of the public sought on the provision of community pharmacies
Croydon Council has launched a consultation on the borough’s community pharmacies ‘to ensure they offer services that meet your healthcare needs’.
Community pharmacies are often the first point of contact for picking up medicines and for health and wellness advice and support.
The council, in an inconspicuous advert on its website, says: “We want to make sure that their services are easily accessible and that anyone visiting a pharmacy is happy with the service they receive.”
All local authority health and welfare boards are required to carry out pharmaceutical needs assessments, to review pharmaceutical services in their areas so that the supply meets the needs of the local population.
Resident feedback from the consultation will be used by the NHS and the South West London Integrated Care Board to identify service gaps or improvements to community pharmacy services in the borough.
The pharmaceutical needs assessment will also be used to help make decisions about new pharmacies or changing premises.
The consultation can be found at www.getinvolved.croydon.gov.uk/pharmacy.