Concerns raised over lack of Sunday pharmacy provision in Keynsham

A local councillor has voiced concerns over the lack of Sunday pharmacy services in Keynsham.

Councillor Charles Gerrish (Cons, Keynsham North) has raised his concerns with NHS England after discovering that the nearest pharmacy to Keynsham now open on a Sunday is as far away as Longwell Green.

The three chemists on Keynsham High Street previously opened for 2 hours on a Sunday on a rotating basis until the former Co-op began offering Sunday pharmacy services.

However, this service ended earlier this year when the Co-op at the Broadmead roundabout closed, meaning that residents needing to pick up prescriptions on a Sunday now have to travel to either the Boots or Asda stores in Longwell Green.

Councillor Gerrish has already contacted both the Council and NHS England to voice his concerns, and is now urging local residents to join him in calling for the reintroduction of Sunday pharmacy provision in the town by completing the Pharmaceutical Needs consultation currently being conducted by the Bath and North East Somerset Health and Wellbeing Board.

The consultation can be completed at: http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/consultations/bnes-pharmaceutical-needs-assessment-2015 and is open until the 15th February.

Councillor Charles Gerrish (Cons, Keynsham North) said:

“A town the size of Keynsham needs to have a pharmacy available on Sundays for at least part of the day.  Longwell Green is a long way to go for a prescription if you are unwell or don’t drive.

“We clearly need some form of Sunday pharmacy provision reinstated, which is why I’ve written to both the Council’s Public Health team and NHS England to voice my concerns.  I would like to encourage residents to join me raising these concerns by completing the consultation on pharmacy provision currently underway in B&NES.

“Hopefully this can then be the catalyst of getting Sunday pharmacy services brought back.”