Joint Strategic Needs Assessment

JSNAs for Westminster & Kensington and Chelsea

Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment 2015-18

Date document published: 
Mar 2015
Coverage: 
Kensington and Chelsea
Westminster

What is the Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA)?

The Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) reports on the need for and provision of pharmacy services in a local area.  The PNA is primarily used by NHS England to make decisions about applications to open new pharmacies or to change their location within a local area.  The assessment may also help councils or local health organisations to understand what services they can buy from pharmacies to support residents or visitors, for example, help for residents to stop smoking.  

The government requires all Health and Wellbeing Boards to produce an assessment of pharmaceutical services in its area by 1st April 2015.

 

What is the Health and Wellbeing Board?

The Health and Wellbeing Boards were set up by the Government in 2013 within each local area. They are a forum through which council and key partners from the health and care system work together to improve the health and wellbeing of the local population and tackle health inequalities.

The Kensington and Chelsea, and Westminster Health and Wellbeing Boards bring together leaders from key agencies such as the council, the NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups, Healthwatch and the voluntary and community sectors.

 

PNA Consultation

Kensington and Chelsea Health and Wellbeing Board, and Westminster Health and Wellbeing Board published their draft PNAs for 2015-18 for consultation between October to December 2014.  Following this consultation the final reports have now been published below.

 

What does the Kensington and Chelsea Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment tell us? 

Number of pharmacies

The Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment tells us that there are 42 pharmacies in Kensington and Chelsea. There are also 19 pharmacies located outside of Kensington and Chelsea which are within 500m of the Kensington and Chelsea borough border

Most residents within Kensington and Chelsea will need to travel no more than 500 metres to reach a pharmacy.

On the basis of the evidence collected, the Kensington and Chelsea Health and Wellbeing Board believe that the current number and location of pharmacies means that we have sufficient pharmacy services in Kensington and Chelsea to cater for the needs of residents

Opening Times

13 pharmacies in Kensington and Chelsea are open before 9am and 18 pharmacies are open after 7pm from Monday to Friday. There are 39 pharmacies open on Saturdays and 24 pharmacies open on Sundays within the borough. One pharmacy in Kensington and Chelsea is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In addition, a number of pharmacies in neighbouring boroughs within 500m of Kensington and Chelsea provide early morning, late evening and weekend opening.

On the basis of the evidence collected, Kensington and Chelsea Health and Wellbeing Board believes that there are sufficient pharmacy services in the early morning, late evening or on a Saturday and Sunday within the borough. 

 

What does the Westminster Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment tell us?

Number of pharmacies

The Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment tells us that there are 93 pharmacies in Westminster.  This means that there are 43 community pharmacies per 100,000 residents within Westminster. There are also 41 pharmacies located outside of Westminster which are within 500m of the Westminster borough border. 

This is a high rate of pharmacy provision. However this reflects the fact that Westminster receives a high volume of visitors and workers who may need pharmacy services.

Most residents within Westminster will need to travel no more than 500 metres to reach a pharmacy.

On the basis of the evidence collected, the Westminster Health and Wellbeing Board believe that the current number and location of pharmacies means that we have sufficient pharmacy services in Westminster to cater for the needs of residents and visitors.

Opening Hours

40 pharmacies in Westminster are open before 9am and 30 pharmacies are open after 7pm from Monday to Friday. There are 77 pharmacies open on Saturdays and 37 pharmacies open on Sundays within the borough.  In addition, a number of pharmacies in neighbouring Boroughs within 500m of Westminster provide early morning, late evening and weekend opening.

On the basis of the evidence collected, the Westminster Health and Wellbeing Board believes that there are sufficient pharmacy services in the early morning, late evening or on a Saturday and Sunday within the borough.

 

Final PNA Documents