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All quiet on Welsh pharmacy network

Little interest in controlled applications

November 22nd 2017

Tagged: NHS statistical reports Pharmacy owners' news Wales

By Ailsa Colquhoun

One application to open a new pharmacy in a controlled area of Wales was refused during 2016-17, an NHS Wales report on the pharmacy network has said.

In addition, during the year one appealed decision in a controlled area was allowed.

In total there are 716 community pharmacies in Wales as of the end of 2016-17, which represents no change on the previous year and a rise of only 10 pharmacies over the past decade.  However, like in England, the proportion of independents and multiples has changed: only a third of pharmacies are independent in 2016-17, down from 304 (43 per cent) in 2006-07.

During 2016-17, community pharmacies in Wales dispensed 74.7 million prescription items, a rise of 35 per cent since 2006-07.

As in England, Welsh pharmacies are active in their delivery of clinical services:

  • 7 per cent deliver Medicine Use Reviews each on average delivering 292.3 (73 per cent of maximum)
  • 63 per cent deliver the Discharge Medication Review service, at an average of 19 each a year
  • 6 per cent deliver the seasonal flu vaccine, at an average of 63 each