NUMSAS pilot extended until end of March 2019

NUMSAS pilot extended until end of March 2019

September 13, 2018

Steve Brine, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care has announced in response to a parliamentary question that the NHS Urgent Medicine Supply Advanced Service (NUMSAS) pilot has been extended until the end of March 2019. This was put into effect by the amendment Directions issued by the Department of Health and Social Care at the end of August 2018.

NHS England has today published an updated service specification to capture the above and a few other changes:

  • community pharmacy teams are required to have access to Summary Care Records (SCRs);
  • the SCR should be accessed during the telephone or face-to-face consultation with the patient; and
  • if the SCR was not accessed, the reason for not doing so must be recorded.

Actions for community pharmacy teams providing NUMSAS:

  • ensure you are familiar with accessing and using SCR, if not already: org.uk/scr
  • review any Standard Operating Procedures that may relate to this service, and update them as appropriate; and
  • ensure any staff members involved in the service are aware of the updated requirements.

Further information on NUMSAS is available on psnc.org.uk/numsas


From 10th September 2018 in Hull CCG, Out of hours GPs are no longer commissioned to write prescriptions for urgent repeat medications (except CDs or those inappropriate for pharmacy emergency supply). All requests for urgent repeat medications will be referred to pharmacy either via NUMSAS or the local emergency supply service (PURMS). Therefore please be prepared in Hull area for an increase in referrals !

If you receive a referral from NHS 111 either via patient (PURMS) or via NHS mail (NUMSAS) please do not refer patients back to NHS 111:-

NUMSAS Specification
‘’If it is not possible to make an emergency supply due to prohibitions within the legislation or other patient factors, in order to ensure the patient is able to speak to another appropriate healthcare professional, the pharmacist will either: a. refer the patient to their own general practice, or b. contact the local GP OOHs provider to discuss a solution, and if necessary request that the patient be contacted by an appropriate healthcare professional. Pharmacists should not refer a patient back to NHS 111 or the IUC CAS by asking them to call back directly.’’

Please be aware that the ability of GP OOHs to write prescriptions is likely to be switched off in other CCGs in the near future so there will be an increased demand for NUMSAS.


Useful Numbers

GP Out of hours:
Hull/East Riding: CHCP
Public Telephone Number: 01482 347620
Non-Public Telephone Number: 07718192188  (Note – This number must NOT be shared with the public)

N Lincs /NE Lincs: Core Care Links
Public Telephone Number…01472 256256
Non-Public Telephone Number…01472 875135 (Note – This number must NOT be shared with the public)

Local Directory of Service (DoS) Lead
Hull/N Lincs: Tony Simpkins Tel  0114 305 4561
East Riding: Cayley Dimelow Tel 01482 672033
NE Lincs: Elaine Johnson Tel 0300 3000 537

NHS 111 Health Professional’s telephone number: 0300 3305403



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