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Portsmouth Health and Wellbeing Board (HWB) is under a statutory obligation to draft, consult upon and publish a pharmaceutical needs assessment (PNA).

A PNA is a statement of current pharmaceutical services provided in the local area. It also assesses whether or not the pharmaceutical services provision is satisfactory for the local population and identifies any perceived gaps in the provision. Once published the PNA will be used by NHS England to assist in responding to applications for opening of additional pharmacies, relocation of premises and amendments to opening hours or pharmaceutical services.

The HWB agreed in February 2023 to publish a revised PNA 2023 to take account of pharmacy closures that have taken place since the 2022 PNA was published and which the HWB believe create gaps in provision. Portsmouth’s Draft PNA 2023 is available here:

Portsmouth Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment 2023 Draft.

The HWB is required to consult a specified range of organisations on a draft of the PNA at least once during the process of drafting the document. This consultation is also open to members of the public. Your feedback will be used to inform further development of the PNA which will be published in July this year. The consultation is available here until Wednesday 17 May 2023:

An updated map (Figure 5 in Portsmouth’s Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment 2022) of the location of Pharmaceutical Service providers in Portsmouth as at 5 December 2022.

The Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment Map.