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 consulted on a revised PNA during April and May 2023 taking account of pharmacy closures that had taken place since the 2022 PNA was published. The responses to the consultation informed the recommendations in a report to the HWB in June. The HWB agreed to withdraw the revised draft. Portsmouth’s PNA remains the 2022 PNA published below on 1 October 2022.
A supplementary statement to the PNA, published below, notes changes following the approval of consolidations by NHS England since the PNA was published.