The Unscheduled Care Pharmacy guide is now ONLY available in electronic format. It is the responsibility of each individual and contractor to ensure they are operating to the current, up to date version of the PGD. This is available at:
Within Dumfries and Galloway it has been agreed that "unavailable" during the "in hours" period in Dumfries and Galloway means that it would be appropriate to supply medicines using this PGD when:
The patient cannot get an appointment to see their GP within the necessary timeframe
GPs are in surgery but will not be free to authorise or sign prescriptions within the necessary time frame
Although this provides a Board wide consensus statement regarding the terminology around the meaning of “GP unavailable”, Community Pharmacies and GP Practices are encouraged to work closely as a partnership to establish a clear agreement on how best this PGD can be used at a local level to further improve the care of patients.
Pharmacists should send a copy of the signed document to each Health Board in which they will be working. Details of where copies should be sent are listed on page 2. For Dumfries and Galloway this is: Primary Care Development, 1ST Floor, Logan East, Crichton Hall, Bankend Road, Dumfries, DG1 4TG Fax: 01387 247 706 email: dumf-uhb.PCD@nhs.net