Services Database NHS Community Pharmacy Emergency Supply Service (Across Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire – 2 LPCs Involved)

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Please note this service is commissioned across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire by the North Midlands Area Team. Therefore, the following LPCs have the same emergency supply service in their areas:

  • Derbyshire LPC
  • Nottinghamshire LPC

The service has only been added onto the Services Database under this entry to avoid duplication.
service can only be provided during the out of hour’s period (when GP practices are closed from 6.30pm – 8am Monday to Thursday from Friday 6.30pm – 8am Monday am and on Bank Holidays).
The Community Pharmacy Emergency Supply Service allows the emergency supply of a patient’s medicine at NHS expense in order to reduce the number of patients contacting urgent and emergency care providers. This may include both prescription-only and other medicines usually obtained on prescription by the patient from their GP. The emergency supply provisions permit the supply of sufficient quantities of most prescription only medicines for up to 30 days treatment. Exceptions apply for inhalers and creams / ointments, where a manufacturer’s pack can be supplied. Schedule 1, 2 or 3 controlled drugs (except phenobarbitone or phenobarbitone sodium for epilepsy) cannot be supplied in an emergency. Quantities of other medicines should be in line with this. For the purposes of this specification, the local agreement is that the pharmacist will supply five days of medication to the patient.

Location of service

Derbyshire LPC


NHS England

Method of commissioning

Source of funding

NHS England

Service type

Emergency supply NHS service

Other organisations involved


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The pharmacy contractor has a duty to ensure that pharmacists involved in the provision of the service have relevant knowledge and are appropriately trained in the operation of the service.