Pandemic Delivery Service: addition of self-isolators and funding changes

Pandemic Delivery Service: addition of self-isolators and funding changes

March 18, 2021

NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) have announced an extension to the group of patients entitled to assistance with the delivery of prescriptions, as part of the Pandemic Delivery Service. Additionally, following a request from PSNC, increased funding for the Essential service responsibilities has been agreed to reflect the larger number of patients now covered by the service.

From Tuesday 16th March 2021, people who have been notified of the need to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace will be able to seek support from community pharmacies under the Pandemic Delivery Service. This is part of a package of measures that the Government is putting in place to support people to self-isolate effectively and reduce the spread of COVID-19.

This means all pharmacies (excluding distance selling pharmacies) will be required to ensure those people who have been notified by NHS Test and Trace to self-isolate can receive their prescription medicines and appliances by home delivery during the ten-day self-isolation period if they are unable to arrange for medicines to be picked up.

This service will be commissioned until 23:59 on 30th June 2021.

PSNC has also discussed these increases in the number of patients covered by the Pandemic Delivery Service with the Department of Health and Social Care and has agreed to increased funding for the Essential service requirements.

Read more about the service extension and funding changes



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