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07 March 2014

Community pharmacy call to action

NHS England believes that community pharmacies could and should play a much stronger role in providing all-round care for people that would reduce the pressure on GP surgeries and A&Es and increase patient experience and outcomes.

There are more than 40,000 pharmacists in England, including 11,500 community pharmacists. Ninety-nine per cent of the population live within 20 minutes travel time of a community pharmacist and as many as 1.6 million people visit a pharmacist every day.

NHS England wants to see pharmacists provide more  out-of-hospital services and better  personalised care for people. It also wants to support them in optimising the use of medicines to increase better patient experience and reduce the £300 million lost to the NHS every year through wasted medicines.

Take part in online questionnaire

In July 2013 NHS England launched Community Pharmacy Call to Action to stimulate community debate around pharmacies and to find out how best to develop integral services. It is keen to find out from patients, public and healthcare professionals how they feel services can be improved.

You can share your thoughts and ideas on your local pharmacy by completing their short online feedback questionnaire. The closing date is 18 March 2014, although this has been extended to the end of April for patients and public.