Supplying Medicines from Stock

There has been an issue raised about supply of medicines from the GatDoc or Walk-in Centre stocks when there are local chemists open. I felt I needed to remind doctors of the regulations surrounding medicines supply. It is a breach of medicines regulations for a doctor to supply any medication when there is a local pharmacy open except under the personally administered arrangements.. The Walk-in Centre nurses may do this under the terms of their PGDs, but doctors may not.
It may be very tempting “just to get the medication while the patient is present”, but you should resist that temptation. We would not want to see someone from the local NHS team making a referral to the GMC.