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Scotland introduces dispensing GP home delivery service

DDA supports SOP development

February 1st 2021

Tagged: Scotland COVID19

By Ailsa Colquhoun

The DDA has supported NHS Scotland in the introduction of a time-limited NHS medicines dispensing GP delivery service during COVID-19 outbreak, and reduce winter pressures.

The service will run between 28 January and 31 March and will pay practices a one-off payment of £1,460 for set up, plus the following distance-based delivery fee:

  • £1.50 for each prescription delivered within a 10-mile radius of the practice
  • £2.50 for each prescription delivered to a patient’s address over 10 miles from the practice

Claims are on the basis of once per prescription form, ie, four items on two prescription forms = two claims.

Dispensing practice teams who wish to offer a delivery service are asked to identify eligible patients and proactively offer the delivery service to them for acute and repeat medications. The service can also support those individuals or households who have been instructed to self-isolate through Test and Protect contact or a positive COVID-19 test.

Deliveries should be undertaken by appropriately qualified members of the dispensary team or a third-party provider. Practices should ensure that the appropriate indemnity, confidentiality and audit requirements are in place and develop a Standard Operating Procedure for delivery of the service. An example SOP, developed in conjunction with the DDA, is included for practices to reference.

Claims for payment should be made using the NHS Scotland Excel spreadsheet.

The full service specification can be found in Appendix A.

Download the medicines home delivery circular.