Services Database Think Pharmacy Emergency Supply Service (Cheshire East, Cheshire South & Vale Royal Areas)

Service ID



The Think 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, although smaller amounts may be appropriate.

This service has now finished; it was commissioned as a winter systems resilience project, planned to finish at the end of March 2015 but extended throughout April 2015 to ensure coverage over the Easter Bank holiday weekend.

Location of service

Cheshire & Wirral 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: 01/11/2014
End date: 30/04/2015




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


This service is available in the Cheshire East, Cheshire South and Vale Royal areas only.