Central Bedfordshire council is inviting residents to share their views on pharmacy services in the county.
The results will be used by NHS England to decide whether to approve applications for new pharmacies or commission new pharmacy services in the county.
The current Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment for the area suggests that the provision within the county remains sufficient and in line with national averages. It also indicates that residents live within a mile of one of the county’s 42 pharmacies.
To have your say, visit http://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/consultations
Councillor Carole Hegley said: “The local pharmacy plays a major role within the community, one which goes beyond selling and dispensing medicine. Pharmacies provide help with stopping smoking, sexual health services, support for drug users, flu vaccinations, and medical advice.
“A trip to the chemist can eliminate the need to visit a GP and is a quick, practical solution to many common ailments.
“Anyone who currently uses local pharmaceutical services is strongly encouraged to express their views, which we can then take into account when shaping provision across the county.”