Views wanted on chemist services

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Ann Naylor, county councillor for public health and well-being, wants residents' views on pharmacy services. Ann Naylor, county councillor for public health and well-being, wants residents' views on pharmacy services.

VIEWS on pharmacies are wanted by County Hall.

Essex County Council has launched a consultation on chemist services.

Results from the anonymous questionnaire will help the authority and health bodies assess how good current services are and what needs there might be in the future.

A report, the Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment for Essex, will be published early next year.

Ann Naylor, county councillor for public health and wellbeing, said: “We would really encourage members of the public to tell us about their experiences of pharmaceutical services.

“It will only take a few minutes to complete, so please take advantage of this opportunity to help shape the services of the future.”

For more information or to request a paper copy or alternative format call 08457 430 430 or 01245 430 430, or e-mail contact@essex.gov.uk.

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3:39pm Fri 21 Feb 14

mbr1955 says...

My Pharmacy is excellent!!!!!!!. I don't think you should be worrying about Pharmacies, its the Doctors Surgeries you need to get sorted. Without the Doctors in the area you will not need pharmacies as the prescriptions cannot be issued for the pharmacies to dispense.!!!!!!!
My Pharmacy is excellent!!!!!!!. I don't think you should be worrying about Pharmacies, its the Doctors Surgeries you need to get sorted. Without the Doctors in the area you will not need pharmacies as the prescriptions cannot be issued for the pharmacies to dispense.!!!!!!! mbr1955

6:13pm Fri 21 Feb 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

One day soon the Pharmacies, will house the G.P's, making it quicker to get the medication to the needy quicker, the idea of going to one place to be diagnosed, and another to get the meds, should be disregarded, as the money saving way forward is to have it all in one place, just imagine the joy of not having to deal with a Doctors receptionist, a real busy body, with no formal medical training...
One day soon the Pharmacies, will house the G.P's, making it quicker to get the medication to the needy quicker, the idea of going to one place to be diagnosed, and another to get the meds, should be disregarded, as the money saving way forward is to have it all in one place, just imagine the joy of not having to deal with a Doctors receptionist, a real busy body, with no formal medical training... carnmountyouknowitmakessense

7:41pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Boris says...

Why is the county council worrying about pharmacies? Medicine and related matters are none of their business. The ones in Colchester are fine, they do the job, what more do they want?
Why is the county council worrying about pharmacies? Medicine and related matters are none of their business. The ones in Colchester are fine, they do the job, what more do they want? Boris

7:29am Sat 22 Feb 14

OMPITA [Intl] says...

Police service cutbacks, drug misuse problems, refuse collection, dangerous dogs, school transportation, animal cruelty, rail services, affordable housing, lack of jobs, standard s of education, decline of high street shopping, street lighting, fly tipping, litter, vandalism, reduction in fire services, flood protection, car parking issues, trading standards, just to name but a few (in no specific order) of the matters that concern so many people and which are already well vocalised through various means of communication – but Pharmacy Services?

Just when did we last hear of public concern and disquiet with the quality of Pharmacy Services?

Is this perhaps just a case of someone trying to justify their own existence in County Hall? Surely there are enough real problems deserving of dedicated attention without looking for non-existent problems elsewhere to meddle with?

If it ain’t broke don’t try to fix it. Simples!

Leave it alone - otherwise you’ll probably only go and mess that up as well. Far better that much needed attention be diverted to solving the issues that really are in need of sorting out!
Police service cutbacks, drug misuse problems, refuse collection, dangerous dogs, school transportation, animal cruelty, rail services, affordable housing, lack of jobs, standard s of education, decline of high street shopping, street lighting, fly tipping, litter, vandalism, reduction in fire services, flood protection, car parking issues, trading standards, just to name but a few (in no specific order) of the matters that concern so many people and which are already well vocalised through various means of communication – but Pharmacy Services? Just when did we last hear of public concern and disquiet with the quality of Pharmacy Services? Is this perhaps just a case of someone trying to justify their own existence in County Hall? Surely there are enough real problems deserving of dedicated attention without looking for non-existent problems elsewhere to meddle with? If it ain’t broke don’t try to fix it. Simples! Leave it alone - otherwise you’ll probably only go and mess that up as well. Far better that much needed attention be diverted to solving the issues that really are in need of sorting out! OMPITA [Intl]

12:33pm Sat 22 Feb 14

alfcavill says...

Most of the chemists work just fine, although a bit overstretched at times, they still give excellent service. The same cannot be said for doctors surgeries in Walton and Frinton. They are chronically short of permanent doctors and have to spend vast amounts on locums. This is the major problem that has to be addressed urgently. Why can we not recruit enough GP's in these areas?
Most of the chemists work just fine, although a bit overstretched at times, they still give excellent service. The same cannot be said for doctors surgeries in Walton and Frinton. They are chronically short of permanent doctors and have to spend vast amounts on locums. This is the major problem that has to be addressed urgently. Why can we not recruit enough GP's in these areas? alfcavill

12:46pm Sat 22 Feb 14

mbr1955 says...

alfcavill wrote:
Most of the chemists work just fine, although a bit overstretched at times, they still give excellent service. The same cannot be said for doctors surgeries in Walton and Frinton. They are chronically short of permanent doctors and have to spend vast amounts on locums. This is the major problem that has to be addressed urgently. Why can we not recruit enough GP's in these areas?
alfcavill, my sentiments exactly hence my remark at the top of this page. The trouble is no one is listening to us that are affected. When Mr Carswell did decide to do something, who did he take to Westminster - the Surgeries Managers!!!!!!! instead of patients who are affected. But then again, if he did that he would have heard more of the truth of what is going on!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]alfcavill[/bold] wrote: Most of the chemists work just fine, although a bit overstretched at times, they still give excellent service. The same cannot be said for doctors surgeries in Walton and Frinton. They are chronically short of permanent doctors and have to spend vast amounts on locums. This is the major problem that has to be addressed urgently. Why can we not recruit enough GP's in these areas?[/p][/quote]alfcavill, my sentiments exactly hence my remark at the top of this page. The trouble is no one is listening to us that are affected. When Mr Carswell did decide to do something, who did he take to Westminster - the Surgeries Managers!!!!!!! instead of patients who are affected. But then again, if he did that he would have heard more of the truth of what is going on!!!!!! mbr1955

11:06pm Sat 22 Feb 14

woolstone says...

Leave the chemists alone they work fine, try sorting out the potholes in the County.
Leave the chemists alone they work fine, try sorting out the potholes in the County. woolstone

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