Health Education Resources
Community pharmacies previously were able to request and get sent resource materials such as leaflets and posters from Health Promotion Gloucestershire, which has now ceased. This document should provide you with contact details to source your own direct from the individual supplier / department.
Emergency Care / Palliative Care Drugs List and agreed Stockists
A number of pharmacies across the county have agreed to maintain stocks of a range of emergency and palliative care medications. Details are available here.
NHS Community Pharmacy Consultation Service (CPCS)
The new NHS Community Pharmacy Consultation Service (CPCS) (which was launched on 29th October 2019) connects patients who have a minor illness or need an urgent supply of a medicine with a community pharmacy.
It takes referrals to community pharmacy from NHS 111, but there are plans for referrals to be taken from other parts of the NHS in time.
The CPCS aims to relieve pressure on the wider NHS by connecting patients with community pharmacy, which should be their first port of call and can deliver a swift, convenient and effective service to meet their needs.
Therefore from 1st March 2020 the previously CCG commissioned Community Pharmacy Enhanced Services for ‘Urgent Repeat Medicines’ and the ‘Minor Ailments Scheme’ will cease.
Other similar services previously commissioned at a national level have also been replaced by the CPCS service (these were NHS Urgent Medicine Supply Advanced Service (NUMSAS) and Digital Minor Illness Referral Service (DMIRS) pilot.
Urgent Repeat Medicines Service (URMS) -please note-
Reinstated from late March 2020 (to help with workload pressures resulting from Coronavirus )
The Urgent Repeat Medicines Service (URMS) is available from most Community Pharmacies in the county, including during Out of Hours (OOH) periods (please see attached list).
The URMS can be used when a patient needs an urgent prescription for a supply of their normal prescribed medicines when these have run out. Instead of going to the OOH service or hospital ED, or NHS111, the patient can go to a Community Pharmacy (preferably their regular pharmacy) and collect their medicines. These prescriptions are supplied under the Patient Group Direction (PGD) legal framework, which means that usual prescription fees or exemptions will apply.
Under the PGD, pharmacies are obliged to inform the patient’s GP surgery of the prescriptions within 7 days, using a standardised proforma which can be sent to the practice. Practices should develop a process, and inform all relevant practice staff about this service and ensure that the supply is logged/scanned into the patient’s medical record (in the same way that a visit to the OOH service is currently logged).
Patients on holiday and temporary residents can use this service at all times. Gloucestershire registered patients can access this service outside of normal surgery working hours.
Ultimately the aims are to:
- avoid patients going without important medicines and risk deterioration of their medical condition, and
- to reduce the burden on emergency out of hours services where a pharmacist can assist.
URMS PGD (how the service should be provided). This PGD is also available directly whilst accessing the Pharmoutcomes system.