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Help shape the future of pharmacies

13 June 2017

Help us shape the future of pharmacies in Rochdale borough.

Residents are being urged to help shape the future of the borough's pharmacies and the services they provide.

Health bosses have launched the 'Rochdale Pharmacy Services Public Survey 2017' to gather important information about how people use their local pharmacies.

The survey launched by Rochdale Borough Council and NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Clinical Commissioning Group (HMR CCG) aims to ensure that pharmacies across the borough provide the right type of services to meet residents' needs.

'Pharmacies are a great resource that can provide expert help and advice'

The results from the survey will inform decisions about how services offered by pharmacies can be improved - which may include looking at different ways community pharmacists can help the public to access medicines, or asking pharmacists to provide different services for specific health problems.

The survey does not ask for any personal details and the results will be anonymous.

Councillor Jacqueline Beswick, Rochdale Borough Council's Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: "Pharmacies are a great resource that can not only provide expert help with everyday illness and healthy lifestyle advice but can also prevent people from turning up at GPs or Accident and Emergency when they don't need to. It is really important that we gather information about how our residents use and want to use their local pharmacy, so we can make sure they can get the best out of them. I urge as many people as possible to complete the survey so our results are as accurate as they can be and we can design the best service for you."

'Our pharmacies play a crucial role in our communities in helping to keep people happy and healthy'

Simon Wootton, chief officer at NHS HMR CCG, said: "It's important for our local residents to feed back to us what they think is important about their local pharmacy services. Pharmacies offer a vast array of specialist knowledge and advice and for many people they can offer an opinion or treatment for a medical problem which could mean they avoid a possible wait to see a doctor or nurse. Our pharmacies play a crucial role in our communities in helping to keep people happy and healthy."

The consultation will close on Sunday, 9 July 2017.