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There have been 2,502 pharmacy registrations in the first ten months of a new pilot scheme to help reduce the pressure on urgent care services. 

The NHS Urgent Medicine Supply Advanced Service (NUMSAS) enables patients who have run out of regular medicines or appliances to be referred to a community pharmacy, where they can be supplied with the medicine as an NHS patient, rather than it being a private ‘emergency’ supply.

A slide set summarising activity since the scheme was set up in December 2016 has been made available by NHS England for PSNC to share on its website. Among the figures included in the overview are:

  • nationally – 26% of referrals were made through NUMSAS with the rest going to other services;
  • between December 2016 and July 2017, 12,982 items have been supplied by community pharmacies, with 3,010 items (18.8%) not being able to be supplied, most frequently for professional or legal reasons;
  • Ventolin and generic salbutamol inhalers were the top two medicines supplied;
  • 93% of 985 patients completing a patient questionnaire were very satisfied with the service;
  • if the pharmacist had not made a supply, 24% of patients say they would have gone without the medicines, 4% would have contacted their GP practice, 39% would have contacted the GP OOH service and 22% would have gone to an urgent care centre, such as A&E.

PSNC added: “NHS England is also inviting community pharmacy contractors, pharmacy teams and LPCs to provide feedback on NUMSAS; this will be used to support the interim evaluation on the service. Feedback can be provided by emailing: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Links:
PSNC announcement       
NUSMAS slide set              

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