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Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) consultation

We want 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.

The key conclusions of the draft PNA 2018-21 is 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 are we doing?

We are now consulting on a draft PNA for 2018-21.

Have your say

Your views are very important to us to shape pharmaceutical services over the next 3 years.

The closing date for comments is 26 January 2018.

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.

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