Pharmacy is always demanding but Covid-19 has made it tougher.
We’ve heard what you’re asking for and are taking action.
We’ll be working with the NHS and governments across the UK to ensure pharmacists can keep themselves safe, cope with demand and provide the best possible patient care.
Here’s what we think is essential:
Frontline staff must be protected against Covid-19
- There must be adequate supplies of quality personal protection equipment for all pharmacy teams
- Testing for the virus should be a priority for pharmacy teams and all frontline healthcare workers
Additional funding and resourcing for the pharmacy network
- An NHS-funded delivery service is needed at this time of huge demand from those unable to collect their medicines.
Keep existing prescribing patterns
- Prescribers must stick to 28-day supply
- Prescribers should support electronic repeat dispensing for suitable patients. This gives community pharmacies the flexibility on medicine supply, stock control and workload
- Pharmacy must be included in NHS guidance and protocols for frontline primary care staff, including posters and other materials to inform the public
Temporary registration of pharmacy professionals
- The GPhC must allow the temporary registration of pharmacy professionals for those who have recently given up their registration.
Change the law to minimise potential medicine shortages
- Community pharmacists must be allowed to use their professional judgement to help manage the supply of medicines without the bureaucracy that currently exists.
We know you are working hard, and are working hard to support you.