Residents across Tendring are urged to take part in an important consultation over their pharmaceutical services.

Essex County Council (ECC) is asking people to fill out a short survey on the issue which will help shape the way these services are run in the future.

Lynda McWilliams, Tendring District Council’s (TDC) Cabinet Member for Wellbeing and Partnerships, said it is vital that people make their views known.

“We have a very large number of elderly people in Tendring who especially rely on their local chemist and the facility is an important part of their life,” she said.

“To make sure their experiences and feelings are taken into account in any decisions that will be made they need to fill out the questionnaire.

“They have until April 30 to do so – and I do not want them to miss out on this chance to express their views.”
ECC’s short confidential questionnaire focuses on the services provided by pharmacies, dispensing doctors and internet pharmacies in the whole Essex area.

The results will help the County Council and the Essex Health and Wellbeing Board to understand how local people use the services, how they rate their experiences and what services they would like to see in the future.

The results of the survey will be used to help produce a Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment for Essex determining what, if any, services will be required to meet local needs. The report will be available to the public from early 2015.

Councillor Ann Naylor, ECC Cabinet Member for Public Health & Wellbeing, said: “We would really encourage members of the public to tell us about their experiences of services from chemist’s shop. It will only take a few minutes to complete, so please take advantage of this opportunity to help shape the services of the future.”

The survey is live at Choose Pharmaceutical Services from the available surveys listed on the right hand side.

For more information or to request a paper copy/alternative format call 08457 430 430 or 01245 430 430 or email

(Story from Tendring Council)

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