Have your say on pharmaceutical services in Oxfordshire

People who use pharmaceutical services in Oxfordshire are being asked to give their views on whether current services are meeting the needs of the population.

Residents will have until 9 January 2022 to comment on Oxfordshire County Council’s new pharmaceutical needs assessment (PNA).

The NHS will use the PNA to work out if any changes are needed to pharmacy services in Oxfordshire.

Councillor Mark Lygo, Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health, said: “Community pharmacies are a linchpin of our local health services. They have remained open throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and have been a vital asset to our communities over the years. They deliver services to support our local health and social care services from providing medical advice and administering flu jabs, to offering emergency contraception, dispensing medication and so much more.

“A pharmaceutical needs assessment is required every three years and looks to ensure that our pharmacies continue to appropriately support to our populations. This is an opportunity for all residents, particularly those who use pharmacies regularly, to ensure that the new assessment accurately reflects the current provision being delivered within their communities.”

The PNA is a report on all the NHS community pharmacies in the county and also includes those family doctors who are permitted to dispense medicines as a pharmacist would.

Residents can read and respond to the initial draft (including a plain English summary) by going to: letstalk.oxfordshire.gov.uk/oxon-pharma-needs-assessment-2022. The final PNA will be published later in 2022 and will cover the period of 2022 to 2025 inclusive.

Alternative formats are available by emailing Consultations@oxfordshire.gov.uk or calling 01865 792422.

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