Pandemic Delivery Service reinstated for clinically extremely vulnerable patients in tier 4 areas


The commissioned delivery service has been reinstated for clinically extremely vulnerable (formerly shielding) patients living in areas declared as tier 4. At time of writing this is all of Essex excluding Uttlesford, Colchester and Tendring.

Please note it is where the patient lives that determines eligibility, not where the pharmacy premises are, for example:

• If a patient lives in Felsted (Uttlesford) and gets their prescriptions dispensed in Braintree (Mid-Essex) they are NOT eligible for delivery

• If a patient lives in Finchingfield (Mid Essex) and gets their prescriptions dispensed in Thaxted (Uttlesford) they ARE eligible for delivery.

Of course if both patient and pharmacy are in tier 4 then they are eligible, and of neither are then they are not.

Those of you who work close to CCG or county borders may need to check which tier your patients are in, and monitor any changes to tiers that may be announced by HM Government.

Changes to deadlines and other contractual requirements

We have been expecting this for a couple of weeks now, but in order to create a bit more space to meet current day-to-day demands associated with holiday pressures, potential Brexit disruption and, what was the other thing? Oh yes, escalating covid-19, there has been an extension to some deadlines (including PQS criteria) and some other contractual requirements have been lifted for this year, see link below.

https://psnc.org.uk/our-news/pqs-and-service-changes-agreed-to-create-extra-capacity/