The Community Pharmacy Emergency Supply Service allows the emergency supply of a patient’s medicine at NHS expense in order to reduce the number of patients contacting urgent and emergency care providers. This may include both prescription only and other medicines usually obtained on prescription by the patient from their GP.
The emergency supply provisions permit the supply of sufficient quantities of most prescription only medicines for up to 30 days treatment, this service specification allows for up to 7 days treatment only.
Exceptions apply for inhalers and creams / ointments, where a manufacturer’s pack can be supplied. Schedule 1, 2 or 3 controlled drugs (except phenobarbitone or phenobarbitone sodium for epilepsy) cannot be supplied in an emergency. Quantities of other medicines should be in line with this.
This service is only available in the out-of-hours period (6.00 pm to 8.00 am on weekdays plus weekends and Bank Holidays).