Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) consultation
Thank you for your feedback about pharmaceutical services in County Durham.
Every 3 years we work with our partners (through a Health and Wellbeing Board) to produce a Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA).
A PNA considers your health needs alongside what pharmacies and GP practice dispensaries are available, to identify if there are any gaps in delivery.
During the consultation, the key conclusions of the draft PNA 2018-21 was that there are sufficient pharmaceutical services across County Durham. This can be demonstrated with a number of facts including:
- There is a good distribution of services in areas of the county with high population density, and in areas with more significant health needs (ie areas with a high population density of older people, and in areas of deprivation).
- A reasonable distribution of pharmacies exists with extended and weekend opening hours in all areas. This may need to be reviewed as the development of urgent care services proceeds.
- The estimated numbers of new houses being built by 2021 will not require new pharmaceutical services.
- County Durham has 24 pharmacies per 100,000 population. This is higher than the England average of 21 per 100,000.
What did we do?
During December 2017 and January 2018 we consulted on the draft PNA for 2018-21.
What happens next?
The results of the countywide assessment will be used to decide if new pharmacies and pharmaceutical services are needed from 2018 to 2021. From 1 April 2018, the final PNA for 2018-21 will be available from the County Durham partnership's website.
- Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment consultation