Date of prep: December 2020
Prescribing information and
adverse events reporting
For healthcare professionals only
Scottish Government recently announced support to self-isolate to those at a very high risk of severe illness from COVID-19. This includes providing help to access medicines and food supplies.
Scottish Government policy has been discussing with Community Pharmacy Scotland how a collection service may operate. Key principles are that the service is to cover patients in the shielded group only.
This group of people are considered to be at extremely high risk of severe illness with COVID-19 and should strictly follow shielding measures. Their household and other contacts should strictly follow social distancing measures in order to protect them.
We have outlined the nature of this group below:
Scottish Government continue to encourage the use of existing social networks (i.e. family, friends and neighbours) to reduce demand to those who really need it. Also, the system is based on patient consent agreeing to be part of the collection service.
A standard operating procedure has been produced and shared with Local Resilience Partnerships. It is expected that local areas will amend this as required to suit local arrangements, however the key principles should remain.
The key principles of the medicine collection service are as follows:
Scottish Government has said that drivers will need to be Disclosure Scotland checked.
You can read the full circular below.
This circular is being shared under the Open Government Copyright licence. Whilst we will publish alerts relevant to pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacy teams we recommend you also keep an eye on the SHOW website.
Pharmacy in Practice is a UK pharmacy publication with its roots in Scotland.