To reduce the number of people accessing GP out of hours services or visiting A & E just to ask for a repeat prescription, the PURM (Pharmacy Urgent Repeat Medications) Service has been commissioned jointly by NHS England, South (Wessex) and the CCG.
Pharmacies that sign up to provide the service will be able to make emergency supplies. Normal prescription charges will apply unless the patient is exempt.
This service is available on Saturdays, Sundays, Bank Holidays and after 6pm on a Friday evening. if the day before a bank holiday is not a Sunday, then the service will be available from 6pm the day before the bank holiday.
What Medicines Can be Prescribed?
- Medicines that have been prescribed on a repeat basis.
What Medicines Cannot be Prescribed?
- Controlled drugs
- Injections and infusions other than insulin or adrenaline auto injector devices.
- Unlicensed medications (any medicine that does not have a UK marketing authorisation)
- Pregabalin and Gabapentin
How Can Patients Access the Service?
Patients who phone NHS 111 will be referred to a pharmacy that provides the service.
What Happens if a Patient has been Referred to the Pharmacy by NHS 111 and the Pharmacy Cannot Help Them?
The pharmacy will be provided with a telephone number that they can use to refer the patient back to the GP out of hours service.
What Happens if a Patient has Accessed the Service Directly at the Pharmacy i.e. not referred by NHS 111 and they cannot help them?
They will need to provide advice to the patient and it may be appropriate to refer the patient to the GP out of hours service.