NHSE have updated the SLA for the palliative care service and those pharmacies which have been selected to be part of this service will have been notified by Andy Pickard at NHSE.
Palliative Care Pharmacies
Please check the attached document. Those pharmacies offering this service will have a tick in the relevant column on the spreadsheet.
If you do signpost someone to one of these pharmacies, please call them first to confirm stocks are available.
The supply of palliative care medicines is not limited to these pharmacies however they are commissioned to keep a minimum stock of the medicines concerned; the list of medicines covered appears on page 8 of the SLA and can be downloaded by using the link below.
The aim of the service is to support anticipatory prescribing and allow rapid access to medicines commonly prescribed in palliative care, to enable a greater percentage of patients to have a home death, rather than to be moved to an institution such as hospital. By establishing a network of pharmacies that will routinely hold stock of the main End of Life medicines, carers and other health care professionals should not experience delays in obtaining these medicines for the patients that they are caring for.
other useful resources can be found below;
There is a similar service in Shropshire with a slightly different stock list. If you are on the Staffordshire / Shropshire border this list of Shropshire pharmacies may also be useful