Health officials are to carry out a review of pharmacies in Brighton and Hove over the next 12 months.
The aim is to assess whether the existing 59 pharmacies in Brighton and Hove meet the needs of the people who live and work in and visit the area.
A key slice of their income comes through a national contract with the Department of Health. Locally they receive almost £4 million, excluding fees and allowances.
The review was discussed by the Brighton and Hove City Council Health and Wellbeing Board at Hove Town Hall on Wednesday (5 February).
Councillor Anne Meadows told the board that there were no pharmacies in Moulsecoomb.
She said: “We have a GP surgery but people then have to get a bus down the Lewes Road. Within 50 yards in the Lewes Road, you’ve got two.”
Councillor Meadows said that her ward included some of the poorest people in the city who had to pay for transport if they needed a prescription.
She added that it was costly for people in her ward – Moulsecoomb and Bevendean – and not good for their health and wellbeing.
The last Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment showed that people in Moulsecoomb had some of the longest travel times to the nearest chemist on foot or by public transport.
Councillor Geoffrey Bowden said that, when the review started, it would be helpful if those carrying out the review could consult the local Older People’s Council.
The next Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment has to be approved by April next year after a 60-day consultation.