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Sandwell Health & Wellbeing Board
Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) 2022-25
Consultation

Q1Which best describes your interest in the consultation?
Q2Having read Sandwell's PNA 2022-25...
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 The PNA allows you to understand the local population and the services they need?   
 Has the PNA provided information to inform market entry decisions i.e. decisions on applications for new pharmacies and dispensing appliance contractor premises?   
 Has the PNA provided enough information to inform future pharmaceutical services provision and plans for pharmacies and dispensing appliance contractors?   
 The PNA has concluded that there are sufficient community pharmacies in the right variety of locations providing services in Sandwell. Do you agree with this assessment?   
 The PNA has concluded that whilst there are pharmacies open within each town at the weekend, there is a possible demand for increased accessibility to pharmacies at the weekend.  Do you agree with this assessment?   
 The PNA has concluded that there is excellent provision of the community pharmacist consultation service, COVID-19 lateral flow device test distribution service, flu vaccination service, and new medicines service across all towns. Do you agree with this assessment?   
 The PNA has concluded that although there is a gap in service provision of the appliance under review service in Rowley Regis, two pharmacies are intending to provide this service within the next 12 months within Rowley Regis which will close this gap in service provision. Do you agree with this assessment? (Note nine pharmacies did not participate in the survey and thus did not answer this question)   
 The PNA has concluded that there was low provision of the Hepatitis C point of care testing service and this service was decommissioned in March 2022. However, residents can still access Hepatitis C testing via their GP or a sexual health service thereby maintaining access to this service for residents. Do you agree with this assessment?   
 The PNA has concluded that over 80% of pharmacies provide or intend to provide the high blood pressure case finding service within the next 12 months and therefore there is sufficient provision of this service for residents. Do you agree with this assessment?   
 This PNA has concluded that over 50% of pharmacies provide or intend to provide the stop smoking service within the next 12 months and this level of provision is anticipated to be sufficient to meet the additional demand for smoking cessation support generated from patients started on a smoking cessation programme in hospital as part of the NHS Long Term Plan. Do you agree with this assessment?   
 Sandwell Public Health, Sandwell Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS England provide funding for a range of public health services delivered by community pharmacies e.g. emergency contraceptive service, medications review service and minor ailments scheme. Pharmacies can choose to provide these services but require accredited premises and trained personnel. Are you happy with the range of services available?   
 This PNA has concluded that the role of pharmacists in the management of cardiovascular disease risk factors (e.g. obesity, alcohol, smoking, diabetes, cholesterol and high blood pressure) could be improved by promoting the wider role of pharmacists in providing lifestyle advice to residents and by funding more of these screening services. Do you agree with this assessment?     
 Whilst emergency contraception can be purchased from any pharmacy or obtained for free with prescription, this PNA has concluded that there is a potential gap in the provision of the emergency contraceptive service with no pharmacies in Tipton offering the emergency contraception service for free to under 18’s without prescription. Do you agree with this assessment? (Note nine pharmacies did not participate in the survey and thus did not answer this question)   
 Are there any gaps in service provision i.e. when, where and which services are available that have not been identified in the PNA? (If yes, please describe in question 3 below)   
 Has the PNA given you adequate information to inform your own future service provision?    
 This PNA has concluded that there has been an increase in public demand for pharmacy services since the beginning of the pandemic and workforce capacity building should be considered to ensure pharmacies can continue to meet these additional demands. Do you agree with this statement?   
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Thank you for taking the time to complete this consultation
 
Link to http://www.sandwell.gov.uk/