A consultation has just been launched to invite residents in and around Bristol to have their say on pharmacy services in the region.
The three local authorities of Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire want to make sure services are meeting the needs of local people and identify any gaps.
Anyone who uses pharmacy services in the area is encouraged to comment by completing an online survey which runs until 27 November.
Councillor Asher Craig, Cabinet Member for Communities, including public health, said: “We’re really keen to hear from local people about their thoughts on the pharmacy services available in their areas.
“We want to know what’s working well and if there are any gaps. This is your chance to tell us what you think and let us know if you have ideas about how things could be improved.”
Becky Pollard, director of public health at Bristol City Council, said “Pharmacies have a key role to play in keeping communities healthy and are an excellent source of professional advice. The pharmacist is often the first point of contact for people concerned about their health, so it’s important that this advice is easily accessible.”
People’s views will help develop a Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA), which will look at the need for pharmacy services in the area, their level and accessibility and how they will be maintained and developed in the future.
The PNA will be used by NHS England to make decisions when applications are received for new pharmaceutical services to open.
The consultation runs from 4 September to 27 November. The survey takes around five minutes to complete. Bristol residents should visit www.bristol.gov.uk/pna