The Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) has announced that it will try to assist pharmacies on ways to communicate the end of the NHS Medicines Delivery Service, on 31 July this year, by considering what resources it could help create to deliver the message to shielded patients.
The NHS Medicines Delivery Service requires contractors to assist shielding patients, who are self-isolating, to receive their prescriptions. However, due to the government no longer advising people to shield after the end of July, this package will be diminished. Despite this, the government highlighted that assistance would remain available after the end of July from local councils and NHS volunteers.
“The PSNC to consider ways of communicating the end of pandemic delivery service to assist pharmacies.“
Lloyds Pharmacy recently announced that it was partnering with Deliveroo to offer fast home delivery, in which customers of sixteen pharmacies across the UK will be able to place orders for over the counter medicine to be delivered to their doors within half an hour.
Chief Executive of Lloyds Pharmacy, Toby Anderson, stated: “Over the past few weeks we have taken a number of steps to review and alter our in-store and online operations to ensure that customers can continue to access essential medicines and healthcare products safely and conveniently.”