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Report highlights a shortage of pharmacies in north Bexley

PUBLISHED: 11:19 27 March 2015 | UPDATED: 11:19 27 March 2015

Pharmacies need to open longer in Bexley

Pharmacies need to open longer in Bexley

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Pharmacy Needs Assessment: Calls for longer opening hours across the borough

There is a shortage of pharmacies in the north of Bexley and the need for longer pharmacy opening hours across the borough.

That’s the finding of a ‘Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment’ published today (Friday) and commissioned by the Bexley Health and Wellbeing Board.

The assessment looked at the pharmacy services in Bexley and compared them with local needs.

The requirement to publish a Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment is one of the statutory responsibilities that transferred from the NHS to Health and Wellbeing Boards on April 1, 2013.

Bexley’s assessment involved consultation with pharmacies and a wide range of other partners.

The public were also asked for their views and said they would like to see longer opening hours and to be able to access additional basic health services - such as blood pressure checks - in pharmacies.

The needs assessment found that the north of the borough currently has a below average number of pharmacies and that additional services are required to ensure that there is sufficient capacity to meet the future needs of the area.

It also found that additional pharmacy opening hours are needed across the borough in the mornings (from 8am) and in the Frognal area in the evening (beyond 8pm), so residents can get prescriptions after seeing their GPs.

Bexley council leader and chairman of the Bexley Health and Wellbeing Board, Cllr Teresa O’Neill said “This is a comprehensive assessment of the location and the types of services that local Pharmacies provide in Bexley, and I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to take part in the consultation.

“It is important that we ensure that the needs of local people are met and this assessment will be used to inform the way that the NHS commission services in the future.”

The Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment will be made available to NHS England so that it can commission services based on local need. To view the full document visit www.bexley.gov.uk/pna

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