Local pharmaceutical services under scrutiny

Residents of Cranfield and Marston Vale asked for their views on pharmaceutical services. This is part of the Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA), running from 16 October 2017 to 15 December 2017.


A PNA looks the pharmaceutical services in an area to see if local needs are met, or to see if there are any gaps.

Feedback could include the health advice and information provided. Such as stop-smoking services, sexual health and drug support services. as well as providing over-the-counter medicines.

All local authorities have to keep an updated PNA document. Feedback is also sought on these documents to help identify any issues that affect commissioning of pharmaceutical services.

People can take part in one or both sections of the consultation.

Portfolio Holder for Public Health at Bedford Borough Council, Cllr Louise Jackson, said:

“We want people to get the best out of their pharmacy and if we know exactly what they want, we will do our very best to deliver that.”

“Your feedback will be vital in ensuring that what’s out there already can meet local needs

“If there are any gaps then we need to know about them.”

To have your say, visit http://centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/pna, or you can pick up a paper copy from your local library.