Agenda item

Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment Update

An update on the Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) 2022-25.

 

At the HWBB meeting on 3 May 2022, the Board was asked to consider the consultation document relating to the Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (Gloucestershire) 2022-25. The document was published as the formal consultation document on 26 April 2022.

Minutes:

Siobhan Farmer, Director of Public Health, gave a verbal update on the Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) 2022-25

 

From 1 April 2013, every Health and Wellbeing Board (HWB) in England has a statutory responsibility to publish and keep up to date a statement of the needs for community pharmaceutical services of the population in its area, referred to as a pharmaceutical needs assessment (PNA).

 

The PNA helps identify whether there are any gaps in the provision of pharmaceutical services in the county, which means identifying if any new services, improvements, or better access to existing services, are needed.

 

The PNA considers the demographics of the Gloucestershire population and the health priorities of the county, and how pharmaceutical services can contribute to improving the health of Gloucestershire's residents now and in the future.

 

Members recalled that, at the HWBB meeting on 3 May 2022, the Board was asked to consider a consultation document relating to the Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (Gloucestershire) 2022-25. The document was published as the formal consultation document on 26 April 2022.

 

Members noted changes to the published document, (current at the time of the meeting). Since the meeting, the following information was published on the Gloucestershire County Council website as a supplementary statement to the PNA published in 2022. The information was published on 14 August 2023

 

Following publication of the Gloucestershire PNA, the following four pharmacies have closed: -

 

1.    Lloyds in Sainsbury’s, Gallagher Retail Park, Tewkesbury Road, Cheltenham GL51 9RR

2.    Lloyds in Sainsbury’s, Dudbridge Road, Stroud GL5 3HG

3.    Lloyds in Sainsbury’s, Barnett Way, Barnwood GL4 3RT

4.    Lloyds in Sainsbury’s, St Ann Way, Gloucester Quays GL2 5SA

 

Since publication of the Gloucestershire PNA, the following 17 pharmacies have been bought by new owners, and remain open: -

 

1.    The Laurels Pharmacy, Clarks Hay, South Cerney, Cirencester GL7 5UA

2.    All Care Pharmacy, Barton Street, Gloucester GL1 4HR

3.    Matson Pharmacy, Matson Avenue, Gloucester GL4 6LL

4.    Saintbridge Pharmacy, Askwith Road, Gloucester GL4 4SH

5.    Chipping Campden Phrmacy, High Street, Chipping Campden GL55 6HB

6.    Tuffley Pharmacy, Holmleigh Parade, Tuffley, Gloucester GL4 0QU

7.    G Horton, Ashcroft Gardens, Cirencester GL7 1RB

8.    Badham Pharmacy, High Street, Tewkesbury GL20 5JZ

9.    The Forest Pharmacy, Newerne Street, Lydney GL15 5RA

10.Stroud Family Pharmacy, Rowcroft Medical Centre, Stroud GL5 3BE

11.Coleford Pharmacy, Pyart Court, Coleford GL16 8RG

12.Badham Pharmacy, Old Market, Nailsworth GL6 0DU

13.Winchcombe Pharmacy, High Street, Winchcombe, Cheltenham GL54 5LJ

14.Badham Pharmacy, Old Cheltenham Road, Longlevens, Gloucester GL2 0AS

15.Lloyds Pharmacy, Sevenvale, St James, Quedgeley, Gloucester GL2 4WD

16.Lloyds Pharmacy, Abbotswood Road, Brockworth, Tewkesbury GL3 4NY

17.Wotton Family Pharmacy, Long Street, Wotton under Edge, Stroud GL12 7BX

 

Following publication of the Gloucestershire PNA, the Lloyds Pharmacy located at St Pauls Medical Centre, Swindon Road, Cheltenham GL50 4DP plans to close and has applied for consolidation with the nearby Badham Pharmacy at 118 Swindon Road, Cheltenham GL50 4BJ.

 

Following publication of the Gloucestershire PNA, the following four pharmacies are in the process of being sold. The pharmacies are still operating, but are up for sale (as of August 2023):

 

1.    Lloyds Pharmacy, Edinburgh Place, Cheltenham GL517SA

2.    Lloyds Pharmacy, Devereaux Medical Centre, Tewkesbury GL20 6QN

3.    Lloyds Pharmacy, Waitrose, Honeybourne Way, Cheltenham GL50 3QW

4.    Lloyds Pharmacy, Brookfield Road, Hucclecote, Gloucester GL3 3HA

 

As of 14 August 2023, there were only four instances of a change in provision of service where a pharmacy had closed. An announcement on the sale or closure of the remaining four Lloyds pharmacies is awaited before assessing whether a full review of the PNA is required. At the time of publication, Lloyds had not disclosed a cut-off date for the closure of the pharmacies, if not sold.

 

Supplementary statement issued by: Ruth Woolley (Consultant in Public Health, Gloucestershire County Council).

 

Noting the transfer of responsibility in the delivery of Pharmacy, Optometry and Dentistry from NHS England to NHS Gloucestershire, it was agreed that the Health and Wellbeing Board should receive regular updates on the delivery of the services at future meetings. A presentation on the delivery of services will also be made at the Gloucestershire Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee meeting on 28 November 2023.

 

The update was noted.