Services Database Emergency Supply of Prescription-Only Medicines (South Gloucestershire Area)

Service ID



The aim of the service is to improve access for patients, both residents and non-residents of South Gloucestershire to, and continuity of supply of, repeat prescription-only medicines (POMs) who meet the legal and ethical criteria for repeat supply of POMs, when GP practices are closed.

Patients who present directly to a pharmacy contractor should be offered a standard private emergency supply as per RPS and GPhC guidance.

However, if patients present directly to a pharmacy contractor and the emergency supply of a repeat POM is in line with GPhC requirements and is clinically appropriate but the patient is unable to pay the private charge, the pharmacist can offer this service.

Those pharmacies that agree to provide this service should be aware that telephone calls may be received from patients who have been advised by NHS111 to contact them to request an emergency supply of a repeat POM, or the pharmacy may be contacted by NHS111 directly to discuss a potential supply.

Location of service

Avon LPC


Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)

Method of commissioning

Source of funding

Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)

Service type

Emergency supply NHS service

Other organisations involved


Start date: 01/04/2015
End date:




Not known.


This service is available in the South Gloucestershire area only.