October 17, 2017

NHS England has shared a slide set which provides an update on the NHS Urgent Medicine Supply Advanced Service (NUMSAS) pilot. Headline data from the slide set includes:

  • 2,502 pharmacies have registered to provide the service (up to 2nd October);
  • Nationally – 26% of referrals were made through NUMSAS with the rest going to other services;
  • Between December 2016 and July 2017, 12,982 items have been supplied by community pharmacies, with 3,010 items (18.8%) not being able to be supplied, most frequently for professional or legal reasons;
  • Ventolin/Salbutamol inhalers were the top two medicines supplied;
  • 93% of 985 patients completing a patient questionnaire were very satisfied with the service; and
  • If the pharmacist had not made a supply, 24% of patients say they would have gone without the medicines, 4% would have contacted their GP practice, 39% would have contacted the GP OOH service and 22% would have gone to an urgent care centre, such as A&E.

NHS England is also inviting community pharmacy contractors, pharmacy teams and LPCs to provide feedback on NUMSAS; this will be used to support the interim evaluation on the service. Feedback can be provided by emailing:

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