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Do you have the right prescription for pharmacies?

Published Wednesday, 03 December 2014

The vast majority of people in Enfield rate their pharmacy as good or better, new research commissioned by Enfield Council has revealed.

Enfield Council launched a successful consultation in September asking for people to tell them what they thought about their local pharmaceutical services.

Hundreds responded, with the main findings being:
- 96% rated their local pharmacy as ‘excellent’ or ‘good’
- 95% said their confidence in the pharmacist’s knowledge as ‘excellent’ or ‘good’
- 88% of people had a preferred pharmacy
- 71% of people said it was important that the pharmacy was near their home
- 55% of people travel to the pharmacy on foot

In light of these responses, Enfield Council’s Health and Wellbeing Board has produced a draft assessment of the local pharmaceutical needs. The Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) governed by the NHS Regulation 2010 assess the need for pharmaceutical services in Enfield. This assessment will help tailor pharmaceutical services, to meet specific current and future health needs, within different localities of the borough.

We are asking residents, pharmacists, service providers and commissioners to go on line to tell us whether they agree with the proposals. The closing date to respond by is 31 January 2015.

Cllr Rohini Simbodyal Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Sport, Youth and Public Health, said “Our research shows that our pharmacies provide an excellent service which is highly valued by our residents.

“Pharmacies are incredibly important in our local community, they are a vital lifeline for elderly and vulnerable people, and if you have a minor ailment or condition are the quickest way of getting treatment, freeing up GP time.

“They are a vital part of our local community, and as the results of our preliminary consultation show, many people value them and want them near where they live.

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