Up to 15% of calls to NHS 111 are for emergency repeat medication at busy times at the weekends and 3-4% of bank holiday out-of-hours appointments with a doctor are taken up by requests for a prescription for repeat medicines. (1)
NHS Urgent Medicine Supply Advanced Service (NUMSAS) was commissioned in December 2016 as a pilot running until March 2018. It has a phased roll out with West Midlands area in phase 3 which is due to start from February 2017. The service enables patients who have contacted NHS 111 to get a referral to access to urgent medicines through a local pharmacy without the need to visit their GP or A&E department.
The aim is to reduce the burden on GPs and hospitals and allow easier access to medications for patients with a genuine need.
Please note the NUMSAS service is being phased out and replaced by the Community Pharmacist Consultation Service (CPCS) from October 29th, 2019.
(1) NHS ENGLAND