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Pharmacies top poll of ‘most essential services’ in the community

Members of the public have voted pharmacies the “most essential service” in their local area, according to a snapshot poll from lobbying group the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS).

In a poll of 1,075 people across the UK conducted from June 25-27, respondents were asked what services they need and want in their local area. Pharmacies were voted the most essential, followed by convenience stores and post offices.

Pharmacies were also deemed to have an overall positive impact on local communities - even influencing favourable house prices - with the provision of local services one of the most important considerations for new homeowners, according to the ACS.

National Pharmacy Association (NPA) chief executive Mark Lyonette said the findings are “no surprise”.

“A pharmacy is part of the fabric of society, as well as being a frontline health service.”

Pharmacies in England carry out 1.1 million informal consultations a week, a Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee audit revealed earlier this year.

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