Scottish Government Funded Delivery Service - Confirmed

Monday, January 18, 2021

The Scottish Government and CPS have finalised discussions to establish a time-limited, funded medicines delivery service to support the most vulnerable in our communities. 

This would support these people to avoid any unnecessary journeys and stay safe at home as far as is possible, which has been important throughout the pandemic, but is acutely important at this time with the most recent evidence around the new Covid-19 variant. This will also help to reduce footfall into community pharmacies to help keep pharmacy teams safe and will further recognise the unique contribution of our teams to Scotland's continued good health.

Nicola Sturgeon had this to say about the service: This new service comes at a pivotal moment in our response to the COVID 19 outbreak, helping to alleviate pressures on face-to-face dispensing in our fantastic network of community pharmacies. Our funding will help to provide home deliveries of vital medicines for the most vulnerable people in our society, preventing their exposure to the virus and keeping them safe during this difficult period.”

It is time-limited, initially until the end of March, and will be reviewed prior to this to determine whether it is required beyond this point. The circular outlines the inclusion criteria for the service and other operational details of the service which pharmacy teams should be aware of.

More details to follow...