Palliative Care


June 2019

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 SLA Staffordshire 2019

Service Aims

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.

Palliative Care Pharmacies

The latest list of pharmacies can be found below:

Palliative Care Pharmacies 2019

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.

Staffordshire Stock List Palliative Care June 2019

other useful resources can be found below;

At a Glance Guide to Prescribing Analgesics for Non-Malignant Chronic Pain

Guideline for the use of symptom control west mids pal care physicians

Palliative care medicines review summary[1]

THE OPIOID EQUIVALENT TABLE