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Braunton Parish Council is calling for action to increase pharmacy services in Braunton.  

Braunton Parish Council have contacted the NHS Devon Clinical Commission Group, Patient and Public Non Executive for North Devon, NHS England South West and Devon Health and Wellbeing Board to express its grave concerns regarding the decrease in local pharmacy services following the closure of the Lloyds Pharmacy in Caen Street, Braunton.

The Chair of Braunton Parish Council, Councillor Elizabeth Spear said, ‘As a Braunton resident I have witnessed the immense pressure that the Pharmacist and staff are under at the remaining smaller Lloyds Pharmacy in Braunton following the closure of the Pharmacy in Caen Street. The Parish Council have been putting pressure on the responsible bodies to improve the pharmacy service in Braunton and we now ask residents to write in support of our call for a further urgent Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA).’

Whilst the Council understands that Lloyds is an independent pharmacy it has requested what plans the above organisations have in place to meet the ever growing demand for health care in the community.

The closure of the Lloyds Pharmacy in Caen Street has happened at the same time when pharmacies are being encouraged to broaden their role in delivering NHS services in their local areas. And at a time when the populations within the community is growing due to large scale developments being built. The Parish Council have strongly expressed its concerns that the closure of this pharmacy has negatively impacted the lives of those who live in this rural community and it is unacceptable to expect elderly and vulnerable people to travel further to access pharmacy services. Although pharmacy delivery services are available these do not meet the needs of people with changing healthcare requirements and also can result in increased isolation for vulnerable residents who may prefer the traditional over-the-counter experience and the good advice of a professional pharmacist.

As far as the Council is aware there are no plans at present to close the Lloyds Pharmacy adjacent to the Caen Medical Centre. The service that this pharmacy is providing to the community is invaluable and the Council praises the staff who have picked up the additional workload following the closure of the Lloyds Pharmacy in Caen Street but it is concerned that it will not have the capacity to continue to cope with serving a population of over 10,000 people. Currently the existing Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) is based on the quantity of pharmacies available and not on the capacity or floorspace of those pharmacies. It is the view of the council as well as many members of the public that the small area available in the remaining pharmacy is insufficient to meet the needs of Braunton, Croyde, Georgeham, Knowle, Heanton, Wrafton, Chivenor and the other surrounding hamlets. This problem has been demonstrated by increased delays, reduced storage space for medicines and unpleasant scenes in the pharmacy. This shortage potentially risks the health of elderly, young, disabled and vulnerable residents and creates further difficulties for carers who rely on the pharmacy.

The Devon Health and Wellbeing Board have responded to the Parish Council’s concerns stating that there is no current gap in pharmaceutical provisions following the closure of the Lloyds Pharmacy in Caen Street. The Council are calling for an urgent Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) in Braunton to ensure that the community’s needs continue to be met. The Council would appreciate public support and is asking individuals to write to Councillor Andrew Leadbetter, Chair of Devon Health and Wellbeing Board supporting the Councils request for an urgent review to be carried out in Braunton. The contact details are 1st Floor Main Building, County Hall, Topsham Road, Exeter, EX2 4QL or email publichealthintelligence-mailbox@devon.gov.uk. A copy of the Council’s letter sent to Councillor Leadbetter can be downloaded from the Parish Council’s website www.brauntonparishcouncil.gov.uk.

Download Braunton Parish Council's Letter to Councillor Leadbetter 

 


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Braunton is a large village in the South West of England situated 5 miles west of Barnstaple and 2 miles from the Braunton Burrows and Saunton Sands Beach. Braunton is in the centre of North Devon’s world class UNESCO Biosphere Reserve with the Burrows at its core. The Great Field on the edge of the village is one of the last remaining examples of medieval strip farming and is next to the reclaimed Braunton Marshes.

Braunton Parish Council is a small local council consisting of 13 elected councillors who are elected every four years to represent the parish. The council members operate on an entirely voluntary and non-party political basis. The Council elects a Chairman every year, who presides over the Council, which operates in accordance with the powers and duties afforded to local councils. Councillors are bound by legislation in this way they can act on behalf of the community and this is supported by various codes, regulations and standards. The Council employs a Parish Clerk, a Senior Council Officer, an Administrator, a Caretaker, a Maintenance Person and a Gardener.

As a local council, Braunton Parish Council, operates at a level of council closest to the community, the other tiers of the council covering the area being North Devon Council and Devon County Council. Each tier of council has its own powers and responsibilities for the provision of services, the more strategic and wide ranging ones being at the higher and appropriate levels of council.

It is the Parish Council’s role to listen and understand the views of the local community, and councillors use their skills and local knowledge to assist and advise the higher tiers of authority on matters of local impact and importance. The Council sets an annual budget, funding for which is received largely through a demand on council tax payers in the Parish, known as the precept, which is collected on its behalf by the District Council.