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Pandemic delivery service extended for people isolating

The community pharmacy home delivery service in England has been further extended for people who have been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace, NHS England and Improvement (NHSE&I) has confirmed. In a letter sent to pharmacy contractors this week (29 September), NHSE&I said the service will now run until 31 March 2022. ‘Pharmacies…
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Pandemic delivery service ends as people told they no longer have to shield

The community pharmacy home delivery service in England has come to an end for clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) patients today (31 March), the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) has said. This comes as 3.7 million people in England and Wales have been told that after today they will no longer need to shield from Covid-19. A…
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Pandemic delivery service extended as more people told to shield

The pandemic delivery service has been extended in England, NHS England and Improvement (NHSE&I) has confirmed. In a letter to contractors last week (19 February) NHSE&I said the service will now run until 31 March 2021. ‘Both pharmacies and dispensing doctors across England will be required to ensure those on the Shielded Patient List across…
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Pandemic delivery service restarts as tighter restrictions introduced for London and South East

The pandemic delivery service has restarted again in England for tier 4 areas, NHS England and Improvement (NHSE&I) has confirmed. In a letter to contractors, NHSE&I said the service will run from 21 December 2020 until 18 January 2021. ‘Pharmacies and dispensing doctors across England will be required to ensure shielding patients in these areas…
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Pandemic delivery service to restart for second lockdown

The pandemic delivery service will restart in England tomorrow (5 November), health secretary Matt Hancock has confirmed. In a letter to contractors, NHS England said the service will run for the duration of the second national lockdown, until 3 December. ‘This means that all pharmacies and dispensing doctors in England will again be required to…
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Pandemic delivery service puts saving money above patient and staff safety, pharmacists claim

The Community Pharmacy Pandemic Delivery Service is ‘very unsafe’ and ‘totally unworkable’, because of the risk it poses to patients and staff, a pharmacy contractor has said. The NHS scheme is also prioritising saving money over the safety of patients and pharmacy staff, pharmacy contractors have claimed. NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) is requiring…
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EXCLUSIVE: Pharmacists say pandemic medicine delivery service misses some of the most vulnerable patients

The government-funded Community Pharmacy Pandemic Delivery Service will not cover some of the UK’s most vulnerable patients, pharmacists claim. The government’s list of shielded patients — for whom pharmacies are now required to arrange delivery of medications — does not cover people over the age of 70, which many pharmacists consider to be one of…
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Superdrug launches ‘rapid’ 2-hour delivery service

Superdrug has launched a new healthcare delivery service that promises to deliver medicines to customers’ doors within two hours.  The multiple is making the delivery service available to customers this winter within a two-mile radius of nearly 300 Superdrug stores, ‘offering convenience and value for money’, it said.   ‘[The service] enables access to products to…
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LloydsPharmacy launches online video GP service

LloydsPharmacy has added an online video GP service to its app that offers patients a same-day appointment. Patients who use the VideoGP service will be able to access a GP in 30 minutes, between 8am and 8pm each day 7 days a week, the multiple said. Payment is by a monthly or annual subscription, or…
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Pharmacy services to be commissioned by ICSs from April

The commissioning of pharmaceutical services in England will be transferred to Integrated Care Systems (ICS) from April 2022, NHS England and NHS Improvement has confirmed.   Until now, all commissioning decisions for primary care services, including pharmaceutical services, have been in the hands of NHSE&I.  ICSs are local NHS commissioning bodies that consist of representatives from…
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