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Emergency rules extend flexible pharmacy opening hours

Check services for non-dispensing patients

September 2nd 2020

Tagged: DM Zone news Pharmacy owners' news COVID19

By Ailsa Colquhoun

Pharmacies in England will be able to make temporary changes to opening hours or temporary closures until Monday 30 November, in an extension of emergency declaration regulations (direction 2 of the Pharmaceutical Services (Advanced and Enhanced Services and Emergency Declaration) Directions 2020).

These were first introduced to help maintain pharmacy services during the COVID-19 outbreak. Pharmacies can make temporary changes to opening hours or temporary closures in the following circumstances:

  • Adequate reasons for the changes are provided to NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I)
  • The contractor has given NHSE&I 24 hours notice of those changes
  • NHSE&I has agreed to those changes or does not object to them.

The DDA will seek clarification over an extension to ‘dispense to all’ emergency provisions, which (subject to local permission) enable non-dispensing patients to receive GP dispensary services.