Have your say on the Lewisham Draft Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA)

Closed 15 Nov 2022

Opened 30 Aug 2022


What is a Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA)?

Lewisham Health and Wellbeing Board is hosted by Lewisham Council. The government requires all Health and Wellbeing Boards to produce an assessment of pharmaceutical services in its area every three years, under the NHS. The next assessment is due by the end of the November 2022. This document is called the Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA).

Have your say on the Lewisham Draft Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment

A Public Consultation is being undertaken from 30th August 2022 to 28th October 2022, to seek the views of members of the public and other stakeholders, on whether they agree with the contents of this Draft Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment Report and whether it addresses issues that they consider relevant to the provision of pharmaceutical services. The feedback will be reported and reflected in the final revised Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment Report, in November 2022.

We would like you to give us your views on the draft PNA report by the 28th October.

Pharmaceutical Needs Assessments are used by the NHS to decide whether to approve applications for new pharmacies and by commissioners to identify local health needs that could be addressed by pharmacy services. We are required to consult with any patient, consumer or community group in Lewisham who has an interest in the provision of pharmaceutical services. It is assumed that everyone living in Lewisham may require services provided by community pharmacies and appliance contractors. We are therefore consulting with the entire resident population of Lewisham and welcome the views from anyone living in Lewisham or anyone providing pharmaceutical services in Lewisham.

What are Pharmaceutical Services?

Pharmaceutical services are one of the many services currently provided under the NHS by community pharmacies and include:

  • dispensing of medicines and appliances on prescription
  • sale of medicines to the public
  • providing advice to the public on medicines, coping with ill health or general
  • health and wellbeing
  • receiving waste medicines for safe destruction

Who will use the Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment?

The PNA will be used by NHS England, Lewisham Council, and the Clinical Commissioning Group in the Council to make decisions when applications for new pharmacies are received, and for the commissioning of other services that could be delivered by community pharmacies and other providers.

The PNA is a report of the present needs for pharmaceutical services. It is used to identify any gaps in current services or improvements that could be made in future pharmaceutical service provision.

Please read the PNA Draft Report or the Draft Executive Summary before completing this form. The draft report has been produced by looking at:

  • the demographics and health needs of the population
  • the current pharmacy network and its services
  • a survey to Lewisham residents on their use and expectations of pharmacy services
  • a survey to Lewisham pharmacy contractors
  • an assessment of NHS Pharmacy services commissioned in Lewisham

If you have any questions about this activity (or should you require a paper copy of the questionnaire to be sent to you), please contact the PNA project team:

Email: pnasupportlewisham@phast.org.uk


All information provided will be treated in strict confidence and will not be used to identify you personally. The information you give us will only be used for the purpose of this consultation and will not be passed to anyone else.

For further information, to view the documents and to complete the form online please visit the following webpage. Please tell us your views by midnight on the 28th of October.

What happens next

Analyses of responses and production of final PNA report will be published on 16/09/2022


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