ISLANDERS ASKED WHETHER PHARMACY SERVICES MEET LOCAL NEEDS

Isle of Wight residents are being asked by the Council about pharmacy services on the Island.

The council has a responsibility to consult on the draft pharmaceutical needs assessment (PNA) every 3 years. The PNA details the needs of Islanders in relation to local pharmacy services. It also considers if the provision is suitable for the local population and identifies any possible gaps.

Islanders are being encouraged to comment to help make a difference, shaping future pharmacy needs.

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Following the consultation, and when the PNA is agreed, NHS England will use the assessment in considering future applications by pharmacies for new premises, additional or changes to existing services.

Councillor Karl Love, Cabinet member for adult social care and public health, has said:

“Local pharmacy services are a lifeline for our communities, especially during the pandemic.

“We need to hear about your experiences, what works well and what will help change things for the better.

“Pharmacies are often the first port of call when we feel unwell, providing valuable advice and support. They relieve the pressure on our GP and hospital services too. We all use our local pharmacy, from helping with tablets for a headache to collecting our prescription for occasional or regular medication.

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“Pharmacists are qualified to give expert advice on medicines and how they work, as well as help you decide whether you need to see a doctor.

“The services are reviewed every three years so it is important we use this opportunity to seek and listen to your opinions about the service we need, available to us locally.”

To have your say click visit https://hampshirecc.welcomesyourfeedback.net/s/2022-PNA or write to S. Squibb, County Hall, High Street, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 1UD, by 15th July.

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Sir Digby Chicken Caesar
Sir Digby Chicken Caesar
1 month ago

It’s not the pharmacies for a start. Tell the doctors to get back to normal and see patients again, instead of all this stupidity with “telephone consultations” etc. If they refuse cut their pay. Why are doctors so precious, shop workers and hospital staff have be mix with people now. Just get on with it and look in the right place Council and stop pandering to the “high and mighty” doctors.

Cal Orific
Cal Orific
Reply to  Sir Digby Chicken Caesar
1 month ago

GPs are “precious” because there are not enough of them and there would be even fewer if you had your way. Many older GPs are retiring and new doctors don’t want to be GPs because of exactly the attitude you are displaying (not to mention the verbal and, sometimes, physical abuse they suffer).

Plenty of opportunities for ex GPs in other fields that get them more pay and less abuse. Cut their pay and they will walk.

And as it takes 10 years to train new ones, don’t expect them to be replaced anytime soon.

colin barton
colin barton
1 month ago

I have used Echo on line (Lloyds) since covid lockdown and all delivered!

Ben
Ben
1 month ago

Simple answer NO a 45 minute wait in a queue to be told sorry your prescription isn’t here we don’t know anything about it.

Mads1
Mads1
1 month ago

Regency shanklin excellent service from all of them including the drivers a big THANK YOU

Shanklin Steve
Shanklin Steve
1 month ago

Day Lewis in Shanklin are excellent always happy to help and advise!

Colleen
Colleen
Reply to  Shanklin Steve
1 month ago

Quite agree, Helen is brilliant when you require advice, staff that serve are all helpful and cheerful,

In the real world -
In the real world -
1 month ago

The exercise is meaningless. The Pharmacies on the Island cannot even meet their contractual hours now because there is a serious shortage of Pharmacists
Any consultation will not remedy this, better salaries and conditions will resolve this in the longer term.
The other factor is commercial viability. Every prescription dispensed off the Island by online mail order Pharmacies is a nail in the coffin of local services. Those who use these services threaten the survival of local Pharmacies. Think again !
Most Island Pharmacies offer repeat prescription services and delivery . Why use mainland services?

Old school.
Old school.
1 month ago

Lloyd’s pharmacy in sainsburys.
Enough said.

Ian Johnson
Ian Johnson
1 month ago

We had to stop using local chemists for all of our meds, because of continuous mistakes. When I was given the wrong medicine three months running, I decided that enough was enough, we get ours from Pharmacy2u now, no mistakes any more. We cannot afford this couldn’t care/wouldn’t check attitude any more.

Barry
Barry
1 month ago

Jhoots Sandown shocking.
Repeat prescription never ready or part missing. Blame doctors, then expect you to chase it up.
Very lazy attitude.

Proud Overner
Proud Overner
Reply to  Barry
1 month ago

Totally agree, Jhoots don’t give a Jhoot about its customers.

Plenty of choice.
Plenty of choice.
Reply to  Proud Overner
1 month ago

If a particular Pharmacy is giving poor service then switch. Most of the Island Pharmacies do give excellent service in the face of unprecedented medicine shortages and Pharmacist shortages.
Most try very hard against the odds.
Just switch if dissatisfied.

plato
plato
1 month ago

Its not rocket science. The answer to all but the brain dead is obviously NO.

 

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