COVID-19: Community Pharmacy Emergency Supply during a Pandemic Service – Northern Ireland

03 Apr 2020

The Community Pharmacy Emergency Supply during a Pandemic Service will be available in all participating community pharmacies in Northern Ireland from 6 April 2020.

 

What is the Community Pharmacy Emergency Supply during a Pandemic Service?

HSCB has announced plans for a Community Pharmacy Emergency Supply during a Pandemic Service.  The service will ensure that, at this time of unprecedented demand, patients can access an emergency supply of their regular prescription medicines where they are unable to obtain a prescription. This would remove the requirement for a patient to pay the costs of the supply of medicines received via emergency supply. Community pharmacists will be reimbursed for any supplied medicines; therefore it will not be necessary for pharmacists to request a prescription from the GP practice.

How will the Community Pharmacy Emergency Supply during a Pandemic Service work for patients and pharmacy teams?

The service will be launched 6 April 2020.  Eligible patients, or their representative if the patient is self-isolating, will be able to access an emergency supply of their medicine from a community pharmacy after a consultation with a pharmacist, or delegated member of staff.  The need for the medicine can be determined from the patient’s PMR, or from packaging or prescription request paperwork.

The pharmacist completes a non-carbon required (NCR) voucher with the patient’s details, medication supplied and GP details.  Up to a 30 day supply can be made.  One copy of the PV is submitted to the GP and the other to BSO for payment.

What support is there?

HSC Board has produced a flowchart to support the service specification and guidance.  The NPA has produced an SOP to aid delivery of the service.