Lewisham Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment 2018 (PNA)

 The Health and Wellbeing Board (HWB) in England has a statutory responsibility to publish and keep up to date a statement of the needs for pharmaceutical services of the population in its area, referred to as a pharmaceutical needs assessment (PNA).

PNAs are used by the NHS to make decisions on which NHS funded services need to be provided by local community pharmacies. These services are part of local health care and public health and affect NHS budgets. PNAs are also relevant when deciding if new pharmacies are needed, in response to applications by businesses, including independent owners and large pharmacy companies.

Community pharmacy is an important investor in local communities. As local small businesses they provide employment and support neighbourhood and high street economies.

A 60 day consultation period was concluded on 20th February 2018 on the revised Lewisham PNA. The comments arising from this consultation have been addressed in the final report. The report can be accessed below:

The PNA is required to be updated at least every three years. 

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