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Portsmouth City Council to host its first Community Pharmacy Summit tomorrow

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The Community Pharmacy Summit will be a doorway to understanding the challenges and creating a future vision for the sector

The Portsmouth City Council is organising its first Community Pharmacy Summit tomorrow (15 November).

The event will bring together NHS leaders, pharmacy professionals, and local partners to address challenges and opportunities in the region.

The attendees will discuss the “complicated way pharmacies receive funding, and NHS England’s plans to further expand services”.

The Summit is being hosted by Portsmouth City Council, with support from Hampshire and Isle of Wight Integrated Care Board, working together as Health and Care Portsmouth.

Cabinet Members Cllr Matthew Winnington and Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson have called for the summit to delve into the key issues surrounding this matter.

He said: “Community pharmacists deliver healthcare services to thousands of Portsmouth residents, and together with our NHS partners, the Council is committed to supporting them to perform this really important role.

“We are hosting the Summit to better understand the challenges, and the opportunities to work together and create a vision for community pharmacy in Portsmouth that benefits our residents and our pharmacies.”

In September, the pharmacy representatives in Portsmouth participated in a roundtable discussion hosted by Cllr Winnington at Portsmouth City Council’s Civic Offices.

The table discussion highlighted the key roles of pharmacists in delivering flu and COVID vaccinations, and how Portsmouth pharmacies are leading the way in offering a national pilot of an oral contraception service.

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