Services Database Access to Emergency Medicines – Availability of Palliative Care or Other Specialist Medicines

Service ID



The aim of this service is to ensure the availability of palliative care/other specialist drugs across all community pharmacies in Gloucestershire. The service is designed to improve access to palliative care/other specialist medicines for service users, carers and healthcare professionals when they are required, in order to ensure that there is no delay to treatment whilst also providing access and choice.

This service is aimed at the assured ‘in hours’ supply of palliative care and specialist medicines, the demand for which may be urgent and/or unpredictable. The pharmacy will stock a locally agreed range of palliative care/specialist medicines. The pharmacy will provide information and advice to the user, carer and clinician. They may also refer to specialist centres, support groups or other health and social care professionals where appropriate.

Location of service

Gloucestershire LPC


Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)

Method of commissioning

Source of funding

Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)

Service type

On demand availability of specialist drugs (other)

Other organisations involved


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The community pharmacy contractor has a duty to ensure that pharmacists and staff involved in the provision of the service are aware of and operate within local protocols.