Sefton residents, organisations and professional bodies have had their say and the 2015-2018 Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) is now available.
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.
Sefton council has a responsibility to produce a PNA and this final report now forms the basis for commissioning pharmacy services across the borough. If gaps are identified we need to ensure that appropriate services are available in Sefton to meet residents’ needs.
The PNA is very important as the local pharmacy is often the first place residents turn to when concerned about theirs health or their family’s health. Residents, across the borough who use pharmacies, including local pharmacy’s or chemist shop’s, pharmacy services in Supermarkets and GP practices that dispense medicines and online pharmacies were encouraged by the council to comment
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.