Friday Letter 30/04/2021

Friday 30th April 2021

Upcoming May Bank Holiday Opening Times

Please be reminded of the following commissioned rota for the upcoming 2 May bank holidays: Monday 3rd April and Monday 31st April 2021.

If you are opening over the bank holiday, including those on the commissioner rota, you are responsible for updating your NHS.UK and NHS 111 DoS profiles

April 2021 Price Concessions – Final Update

The final list of price concessions has been granted for April 2021.

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Information on the NEL PPE Emergency Hub over Easter

Please see the following notice from NEL CCG with regards to PPE stock requests over the upcoming bank holiday weekend:

Important information on PPE emergency stock requests over Early May Bank Holiday 2021

  • The NEL emergency hub will not be open on Monday 3 May 2021. 
  • Requests received after 10am on Friday 30 April will be scheduled for delivery on Tuesday 4 May. 
  • Normal service with same/next day delivery will start from Tuesday 4 May. 
  • Please make sure you have sufficient stock for the Bank Holiday period. Remember, eligible health and social care providers can order via the DHSC PPE eCommerce Portal. 

For more information on ordering PPE visit our PPE webpage

SSP012 Issued for Estradot® 75 micrograms patches

Due to ongoing, significant supply disruption, a Serious Shortage Protocol (SSP) has been issued for Estradot® 75 micrograms patches.

This SSP is effective immediately (29th April 2021) and expires Friday 4th June 2021

For prescriptions (NHS or private) requesting: Supply permitted under SSP012:
Estradot® 75 microgram patch Evorel® 75 microgram patch
Estraderm MX® 75 microgram patch

Please read through SSP012 in full and inform your staff of the changes where appropriate.

Please note that as switching between patches can cause side effects such as irritation or breakthrough bleeding, this SSP contains additional counselling points for patients and requires pharmacists to notify prescribers of any patient supplied in accordance with this SSP. Contractors should carefully read the SSP before making any supply in accordance with it.

Click here to view SSP012

PSNC has also provided a briefing to support contractors implementing this protocol.

In addition to SSP012, the following SSPs are currently in effect and due to expire in May 2021:

  • SSP05: Fluoxetine 10mg tablets
  • SSP07: Fluoxetine 30mg capsules
  • SSP009: Fluoxetine 40mg capsules
  • SSP011: Competact® 15mg/850mg tablets

All current SSPs are available on the NHS BSA website.

If you have any questions regarding the SSPs please contact the NHS Prescription Service:


Telephone: 0300 330 1349

Textphone: 18001 0300 330 1349 Many thanks for your assistance with this request

Reopening of children’s A&Es

Please see the message below sent on behalf of NHS North Central London CCG

UCH and RFH children’s A&Es to reopen in April

Temporary changes were made to children and young people’s services in North Central London last year to ensure patients and families could continue to receive safe and high quality care during a period of increased demand for services due to Covid-19.

These changes were always temporary and it has now been agreed that it is safe to reopen the children and young people’s accident and emergency departments and general inpatient wards at University College Hospital from 9am on Thursday 8 April and at the Royal Free Hospital from 9am on Monday 12 April. Children’s emergency and inpatient care will remain open at Whittington Hospital.

Until the University College Hospital and the Royal Free Hospital sites reopen, children and young people should continue to access emergency care through alternative hospitals. Options include the southern hub at the Whittington Hospital, North Middlesex University Hospital and Barnet Hospital.

If any parent is unsure where to take a child in need of emergency treatment they should visit or call the NHS 111 service. In a life-threatening emergency dial 999 immediately.

Pharmaceutical Needs Assessments requirement deferred until October 2022

NHSE&I have announced the following deferral to renewal of PNAs in their recent Primary Care Bulletin:

Pharmaceutical Needs Assessments are due to be renewed and published by Local Authority Health and Wellbeing Boards in April 2022. Due to ongoing pressures across all sectors in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the requirement to publish renewed Pharmaceutical Needs Assessments will be suspended until October 2022. Local Authority Health and Well Being Boards will retain the ability to issue supplementary statements to respond to local changes and pharmaceutical needs during this time. Updated Pharmaceutical Needs Assessments guidance will be published this summer. The National Health Service (Pharmaceutical and Local Pharmaceutical Services) Regulations 2013 will be updated to reflect this change in due course

Covid-19 vaccination programme: updated protocols and PGDs  

The list of COVID-19 vaccination programme patient group directions (PGDs) has been updated online.

Click here to view

Expanded NHSE&I mental health support for pharmacy teams – PSNC

PSNC has announced the following mental health support for Community Pharmacy teams from NHSE&I:

NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) has strengthened its mental health support offer for all healthcare staff, including community pharmacy teams.

Pharmacy staff now have rapid access to mental health services and support, courtesy of a series of new mental health and wellbeing hubs. These hubs offer free and confidential clinical assessments by trained mental health professionals plus access to talking therapies and other secondary care mental health services to those who need it.Learn about further mental health and wellbeing support available to pharmacy teams

Free CPCS webinars from RPS

Please be reminded that RPS are offering free CPCS CPD webinars.

Free RPS CPCS CPD webinars:

Webinar – Protecting your patients: What you need to know about thromboembolism

Bayer will be hosting a ‘What you need to know about thromboembolism’ webinar on Saturday 8th May, 2 – 4pm.

Please see the following webinar invitation for more details including registering your attendance.

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