Share your views on the East Sussex Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment

Closed 30 Jul 2022

Opened 1 Jun 2022

Results updated 31 Oct 2022

The Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) report was approved by the Health and Wellbeing Board on 29 September.

The PNA report is used in the development and improvement of pharmaceutical services in East Sussex. NHS England refers to the PNA when making decisions about opening new pharmacies, as well as in the commissioning of pharmaceutical services.

Trends in the number of pharmacies have shown a gradual reduction at national and regional level since the last report in 2017. The provision of essential pharmaceutical services in East Sussex, in each local authority, appears to be satisfactory. Detailed travel times analyses and local surveys of pharmacy providers and dispensaries were undertaken.

The public consultation indicated that the purpose of the PNA report is well understood and is sufficient in informing the NHS about market entry decisions and commissioning future services. For detailed responses on the feedback from the consultation you can find a summary in table 51 that starts on page 199 - visit our website to download a copy or contact us

The PNA has not identified gaps in essential pharmacy services in East Sussex.

The recommendations include:

  • Improving choice in the evenings and weekends could be achieved by commissioning an extended hours service from existing providers, particularly in Lewes, Rother and Wealden council areas.
  • Better access to necessary services in evenings and at weekends could also be enabled by improvements in public transport in rural East Sussex.
  • Current plans for housing developments in the county would not require a new pharmacy.


We want to know what you think about our assessment of the needs of the population of East Sussex for pharmacy services.

How to take part

Our Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) sets out local services, any gaps and recommendations. The draft PNA will be shared with key stakeholders via email due to the large volumes of charts and tables it contains. A summary version and a full version are available to read below. The summary version is also available in the survey. For any enquiries, please get in touch using the contact details included on this webpage.

You can share your feedback by filling in the survey. Please get in touch if you need the survey in another format, language or you would like a paper copy posted to you. If you’d rather, you can email us your comments, but please make it clear which section of the document your comments relate to.

Help and advice for people with a learning disability: If you need help to have your say, please ask someone you trust, such as a support worker or carer. If you don’t have anyone to help you, please read our help to get involved leaflet.

Why your views matter

Every Health and Wellbeing Board in England has a statutory responsibility to publish and update a statement of the need for pharmaceutical services in its area. The aim of the assessment is to set out the current pharmaceutical services available in East Sussex, identify any gaps in services and make recommendations on future development.

The PNA will be used by the NHS to decide whether to approve applications for new pharmacies in the county, and by commissioners to identify local health needs that could be addressed by pharmacy services.

What happens next?

We will consider everything people tell us in the consultation and the evidence they provide to support their argument. Where there is clear evidence or feedback, we will update the PNA to reflect what people have told us.

The Health and Wellbeing Board will consider the final draft of the PNA at its meeting on 29 September 2022. 


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