Pharmacists are highly qualified health professionals who can give advice and treatment on a range of conditions. Pharmacists can also offer advice on prescription and over-the-counter medications.
‘The Public Health (Wales) Act 2017 placed a requirement on Local Health Boards to produce Pharmaceutical Needs Assessments (PNA) and to publish their first PNA by 1st October 2021.
The intended effect of a PNA is to improve the planning and delivery of pharmaceutical services in Wales and to identify where additional contractor premises may be needed (pharmacy contractor and appliance contractor, where additional dispensing by doctors is required and also to determine where existing contractors are adequately addressing pharmaceutical needs.
The Draft Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) is being published for a 60 day consultation period from Friday 14st May until Tuesday 13th July. This has been circulated to recognised bodies as part of NHS (Pharmaceutical Services) (Wales) Regulations 2020 which sets out minimum information to be included and requirements for the PNA.
This PNA will be published by 1st October 2021 and have a maximum lifespan of five years.
As well as considering current needs the document looks to the future, considering what may change over the next five years and whether there will be enough pharmacies in the right places, providing the services that people need as, for example, more houses are built.
Your views are important to us so please review the document and complete the survey.
If you would like more information about the document or survey please contact CTM.PNAqueries@wales.nhs.uk with “draft PNA” in the subject header. ‘
pharmacies can help you with a variety
of minor health conditions
any questions you might have about your
medicines or general health you may
notice some differences
such as stickers on the floor to help
with distancing but you should still be
able to access the same services as you
we also have new technology to do video
or just speaking to the pharmacist over
the telephone if needed
pharmacists work in conjunction with the
doctors to help with a variety of
minor conditions that might not need a
we can also do additional services such
as stop smoking
emergency contraception and general
questions we're doing our best to keep
you safe by being fully compliant with
we've got plenty of hand sanitizer
available for patients to use
and we are keeping people two metres
apart which helps reduce the risk
you should not visit the pharmacy if you
have any symptoms of coronavirus such as
a new continuous cough
a temperature or a loss or change in
sense of smell or taste
staff will all be wearing fluid
resistant masks and if you do need a
closer consultation we have access to
full ppe if needed