The Dispensing Doctor and Community Pharmacy Home Delivery Services have been commissioned for all Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) patients living in England, effective from Tuesday 5 January until Sunday 21 February. This follows the announcement of the third national lockdown in England.
This announcement supersedes the announcements made on the 21, 26 and 31 December 2020 for the tier 4 areas only medicines delivery service.
Consequently, dispensing doctors across England will be required to ensure those on the Shielded Patient List across the country can receive their prescription medicines and appliances until the above date. It remains the case that where possible a friend, relative, carer or volunteer should be asked to collect medicines. The NHS Volunteer Responders Programme remains active and all previously shielding and/or otherwise vulnerable patients can access
this support by calling 0808 196 3646. Please pass this number on to your patients who could benefit from this support. Further details on the NHS Volunteer Responders Programme are available online.
The service specification for the Dispensing Doctor Home Delivery Service is available online.
The announcement means that all dispensing doctors in England will automatically receive the essential/mandatory service payments. Deliveries should be claimed for via the end of month submission by the fifth of the following month. Claim forms are available online
Only patients on the government’s shielded list are eligible for this service. Appropriate checks should be made on the Summary Care Record to ensure that the patient is eligible for this service.
Read the full letter from NHSE/I.