Pharmacy Emergency Repeat Medication Supply Service (PERMSS)

Following a proposal by the Local Professional Networks (Pharmacy) in the North East, NHS England and the Clinical Commissioning Groups have agreed to commission the Pharmacy Emergency Repeat Medication Supply Service (PERMSS) from 17th December 2014 to 31st March 2015.

The purpose of the PERMSS is to ensure that patients can access an urgent supply of their repeat prescription medicines where they are unable to obtain a prescription before they need to take their next dose.

This service will allow the supply of a medicine at NHS expense to patients referred to community pharmacy by NHS 111 and to patients self-presenting in community pharmacy during out of hours periods.  In both cases the pharmacist must ensure that the patient has immediate need for the medicine and that it is impractical to obtain a prescription without undue delay.

It is anticipated that the scheme will help to free up GP OOH capacity during the winter period.  The pilot service will be available in all areas of the North East, with the exception of Cumbria:

  • during all existing pharmacy opening hours that fall within traditional out of hours periods, defined as 18.00 – 08.00 weekdays and from 18.30 on Fridays to 08.00 on Mondays
  • during all existing pharmacy opening hours that fall on a bank holiday

Further information is included in the document below:

Pharmacy Emergency Repeat Medication Supply Service PERMSS