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Public views sought on future need for pharmacy services
02 June 2010

NHS Leeds is asking local people how often they use pharmacies and what they use them for in a bid to understand which NHS pharmacy services will be needed in the future.

The work is being done to ensure that NHS services will be provided in the right places across Leeds to meet the needs of people living in those areas. The information gathered over the next few weeks will be used to inform the development of a pharmacy needs assessment; a document which explains how and where NHS pharmacy services should be commissioned over the next few years.

Anyone can take part in the survey by visiting or by contacting the NHS Leeds Patient and Public Involvement team on 0113 30 57616 for a copy of the survey. Three drop-in events are also being held at

• Yeadon Health Centre on Monday 7 June from 8.30am to midday;

• Commuter Walk-in Centre in the Light Shopping Centre, Monday 7 June from 10am to 1pm;

• Chapeltown Health Centre on Thursday 10 June from 2pm to 5pm.

• Hunslet Health Centre on Tuesday 15 June from 8.30am to midday; and

• Armley Moor Health Centre on Tuesday 22 June from 9.00am to midday.

The assessment will also use information from a wide variety of sources including predictions on population size and demographics, local regeneration plans and data showing the health needs of local neighbourhoods across the city. In combination, this information will provide NHS Leeds with a map of what services are currently available and where NHS Leeds will need to commission more to support the health of local people.

Pharmacies play an important part in the health care of local people by offering a wide range of health information and support services. There are three different levels of service provided by pharmacies in Leeds:

• Essential – these are the services that all pharmacies in the country are expected to provide such as dispensing of medicines and signposting people to other health services if they need further treatment.

• Advanced – Advanced services include providing patients with regular reviews of their prescription medicines and providing support to manage long-term health conditions.

• Locally commissioned Enhanced Services – these are extra services that NHS Leeds can ask pharmacies to provide in certain areas of the city. Examples include special diabetes services, stop smoking services, weight management services and out of hours care.

Jane Sadler, Improvement Manager for NHS Leeds says; “We’ve been working closely with the Leeds Local Pharmaceutical Committee to see what services we currently have in place in local pharmacies and where there may be gaps in the future. We know that the population of Leeds is changing and so it is likely that more services will be needed. The needs assessment will help us to work out what these services will be and where they’ll most likely be needed so we can plan to provide them there in the future.”

Robbie Turner, Chief Executive Officer for the Leeds Local Pharmaceutical Committee (LPC) says; "Leeds LPC is pleased to be working closely with NHS Leeds to support them in delivering a robust assessment of the current services available through pharmacies in Leeds and where these can be expanded further. The Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment will be an important tool in helping pharmacists improve the health and well-being of their local communities."

It is a statutory requirement for all primary care trusts to carry out a pharmacy needs assessment. The responses from the Leeds survey will be used to help inform the development of a draft pharmacy needs assessment. A formal consultation will then be carried out later in the year to see what people think of the content of the needs assessment document.