Pharmacy Services

Currently, Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (OCCG) commission three community pharmacy services in Oxfordshire; the Minor Ailments Scheme (MAS), Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) Service and the Guaranteed Provision of Palliative Care Drugs Scheme. If you have any questions on these services, please contact bobicb-ox.medicines@nhs.net

The pharmacies open on bank holidays can be found on the NHSE website

Guaranteed Provision of Palliative Care Drugs Scheme (including pharmacies stocking Tamiflu)

Community Palliative Care teams often experience difficulties in obtaining emergency drugs e.g. for use in syringe drivers.  This can be due to local pharmacies either not holding the required drugs or not stocking sufficient quantities to complete the prescription.  For a number of years, OCCG has arranged with some Pharmacy Contractors to guarantee stocking an agreed selection of routine palliative care drugs in order to overcome such difficulties.

The document below includes a list of participating pharmacies and the list of palliative care drugs that these pharmacies are guaranteed to stock. Please note that carers and healthcare professionals are not restricted to obtaining palliative care drugs only from the pharmacies taking part in this scheme. Prescriptions for palliative care drugs can be fulfilled by any other community pharmacy.

Some of the Community Pharmacies that provide our Guaranteed Provision of Palliative Care Drugs in the Community have agreed to hold stock of Oseltamivir (Tamiflu®) for when this is needed urgently. Please see the details on the list below; each pharmacy stocks 3 x 10 Tamiflu 30mg capsules and 3 x 10 Tamiflu 75mg capsules. Please contact the pharmacy first to check the stock is available and please ensure the pharmacy are aware that the prescription is urgent. If Tamiflu is being recommended as preventative treatment in a Care Home outbreak, the pharmacy are unlikely to have a full amount in stock. A few days supply should be dispensed for each patient so they can all start their course immediately, and the rest ordered for the following day.

Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) Service

The UTI service allows pharmacists working in community pharmacies in Oxfordshire to treat women suffering from an uncomplicated UTI with nitrofurantoin (an antibiotic), via a Patient Group Direction (PGD). The list of pharmacies providing this service, along with more details from the PGD, can be found in the UTI Service Summary document below. The service is on offer to all community pharmacies in Oxfordshire, if you are interested in providing the service please contact bobicb-ox.medicines@nhs.net.

Minor Ailments Scheme (MAS)

This service encourages people to use pharmacy as the first point of access for the treatment of self-limiting conditions. Patients who are exempt from prescription charges and are registered at one of the named GP practices will be able to receive free supplies of specified Over the Counter (OTC) medications for minor ailments after having a consultation with a member of the pharmacy team. The aims of the service are;

  • To improve access and choice for people with minor ailments who are seeking advice and treatment
  • To reduce health inequalities for low income families by creating equal access to medicines for self-care of minor ailments.
  • To improve GP capacity by reducing the workload of those providers related to minor ailments.

This service is available in selected practices and pharmacies in the Oxford City and Banbury areas. Information on the practices and pharmacies involved can be found on the relevant posters and patient information leaflets.