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Public invited to have their say on pharmacy services

Councils want to hear from people who use pharmacies Credit: ITV Westcountry

Residents across South Gloucestershire, Bristol and North Somerset are being invited to have their say on pharmacy services in the region.

Councils want to ensure they are meeting the needs of people and identify any gaps.

Pharmacies provide an important service for everyone. We are keen that our residents have their say on the future of these services especially around what is working well, and where there might be gaps. This is your opportunity to share your views.”

– Councillor Erica Williams, South Gloucestershire executive member for public health and Housing,

People's views will help develop a new Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment, which is produced every three years.

This will be used by the NHS to make decisions about applications for new pharmacies, and will also provide information for the commissioning of other services.

The consultation is open now until 27 November.

Residents in South Gloucestershire, Bristol and North Somerset can access the consultation through their council websites.


Vigil to be held following A&E closure at Weston General

Protestors against the closure gathered outside the hospital earlier this year. Credit: ITV West Country

A candlelit vigil has been scheduled to take place from 8.30pm tonight, Monday 4th September at Weston General Hospital.

It is in protest of the overnight closure of the hospital's A&E department. Patients have had to travel to Bristol or Taunton for emergency treatment.

A second protest is also set to hold tomorrow at 9am during the board meeting.

The Weston Area Health NHS Trust says the closure is a temporary move, after a Care Quality Commission report labelling the department as 'inadequate' was published.


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