A review of community pharmacies in Croydon is currently under way to ensure that they continue to provide the right services, in the right places, for local people.
The council is asking people who use Croydon pharmacies, pharmacy providers and health service commissioners, to participate in a survey that will help to improve and shape the service in the future.
The process, known as a Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA), is a statutory requirement that local authority Health and Wellbeing Boards must carry out at least once every three years.
The findings will be used to help decide if Croydon needs new pharmacies in different areas, or if existing pharmacies should provide a wider range of services.
Community pharmacies provide services such as dispensing medicines, offering advice and practical help on coping with ill health, keeping healthy and general wellbeing, and receiving waste medicines for safe disposal.
Rachel Flowers, Croydon’s director of public health, said: “Pharmacies are a vital local service and one that many people depend on for their health care. We want to make sure that pharmaceutical services in Croydon are meeting the needs of all our communities across the borough. By taking part in this survey, you can help us to understand your experiences of using Croydon pharmacies and inform important decisions about your local service in the future. If you live or work in Croydon, please do get involved.”
To take part in the PNA survey, click here. The survey is open until Wednesday, 1 June.
The survey results will inform the next phase of the PNA, which is a public consultation during the summer where residents can review and comment on the draft Croydon PNA report.
The final PNA will be available in the autumn.