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Red separator and FS endorsements in latest Hints & Tips

Includes an update on the temporary flexible service arrangements

August 10th 2020

Tagged: DM Zone news England Wales

By Charles Gladwin

A reminder on how to use the red separator for FS endorsed prescriptions has been included in the latest Hints & Tips bulletin from NHSBSA.

The red separator is intended to help identify and process prescriptions endorsed ‘FS’ for items intended for ‘free supply of sexual health treatment’. Prescriptions with the ‘FS’ prescribing endorsement code should be placed within the red separator and placed on top of the monthly batch submission.

Prescriptions for contraceptives should be submitted in the correct exempt/charge group and not within the red separator. There is more guidance for dispensing practices about the red separator under the ‘Prescription forms’ section on the NHSBSA website.

The bulletin also includes a reminder that the flexible provision of pharmaceutical services has been extended to September 1st 2020. This permits temporary changes to pharmacy opening hours or a temporary closure of pharmacy premises in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, where there are adequate reasons, to continue.

“In the case of the temporary closure of a pharmacy premises, a dispensing doctor may be required to provide pharmaceutical services to other patients, in order to maintain the adequate provision of pharmaceutical services.”
Other points in the bulletin include:

• Additional information has been added 54 million patients’ Summary Care Records (SCR) under temporary legal arrangements for the pandemic, up from 3 million records in April.
• Pharmacies can receive payment for a maximum of 100 Medicines Use Reviews (MURs) per pharmacy between April 1st 2020 and March 31st 2021.
• Pharmacists no longer need to have an MUR certificate to provide the New Medicine Service (NMS).
• Community pharmacies in England are now sending electronic notification for urgent supplies of medicines under the NHS Community Pharmacist Consultation Service (CPCS).