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Consultation on pharmacy services in County Durham

We want your feedback about pharmaceutical services in County Durham.


Every three years we work with our partners (through a Health and Wellbeing Board) to produce a Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA). 

A PNA considers your health needs alongside what pharmacies and GP practice dispensary services are available, to identify if there are any gaps in service delivery.

The key conclusion of the draft PNA 2022-25 is that there are sufficient pharmaceutical services across County Durham. This can be demonstrated with several facts including:

  • There is a good distribution of pharmaceutical services in areas of high population density, and in areas with more significant health needs (ie areas with a high population density of older people, and in areas of deprivation).
  • There is a reasonable distribution of pharmacies with extended and weekend opening hours in all localities.
  • Out of area pharmaceutical services do not provide a necessary dispensing service in County Durham.
  • The estimated builds of future housing developments by 2025 will not require new pharmaceutical services.
  • County Durham has 24 pharmacies per 100,000 population - this is higher than the England average of 21 per 100,000.
  • Public surveys of pharmaceutical services indicate that on average 93% of people who responded stated that they could easily access pharmaceutical services in County Durham.

What is happening now

We are now consulting on a draft PNA for 2022-25. Contact us if you would like a paper copy of this document.

You can also see our Pharmacy services mapping exercise undertaken in December, which complements the information in the PNA.

Have your say

The closing date for comments was 5.00pm on Thursday 14 July 2022.

What happens next?

The results of this assessment will be used to decide if changes to pharmaceutical services are needed from 2022 to 2025.

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