West Sussex Health and Wellbeing Board has published the latest findings and recommendations about the county’s pharmaceutical provision.
The Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) looked at the availability of services provided by pharmacies, dispensing doctors and appliance contractors.
The PNA did not identify any gaps in overall service provision in West Sussex. It found that the current network of 160 community pharmacies; 12 dispensing doctors; 5 appliance contractors and 3 distance selling pharmacies provide adequate coverage of services across the county.
It found that the majority of residents live within 6 miles and 20 minutes' travel time to a pharmacy. However, the report recommends that there is scope for improving patient access and choice for some services and in some areas.
Amanda Jupp, the Chair of the West Sussex Health and Wellbeing Board, said: “We would like to thank both residents and providers who took part in our surveys and consultation. This is an important tool for developing pharmaceutical services in West Sussex.
“I am also pleased to see that one of the recommendations is to encourage all staff at community pharmacies to be trained as “Dementia Friends” – something I very much welcome and would like to see in other retail areas.”
The PNA is used by NHS England, Clinical Commissioning Groups and the county council in making decisions about pharmaceutical services. It also highlights information about West Sussex such as population growth, age profiles, health priorities and deprivation.
West Sussex residents were consulted for their views during the development of the PNA in 2017 and feedback from the survey and consultation is included in the report which is available at www.westsussex.gov.uk/pna