DMS: Claim period extended to three months

Following a request by Community Pharmacy England, NHS England and the Department of Health and Social Care have agreed to extend the claim period for the Discharge Medicines Service (DMS) to three months; currently claims have to be made by the 5th of the month following that in which the final stage that the pharmacy owner was able to undertake.

From 1st July 2024, the extended claim period will commence, bringing DMS in line with most of the Advanced services – this first applies to claims for DMS where the final stage that is able to be provided is completed in July 2024 and becomes claimable on MYS from 1st August.

The table below uses July 2024 as an example to demonstrate when pharmacy owners must claim by and when pharmacy owners will be paid their DMS fees.

Month in which the final stage that is able to be provided is completed Date by which stages are claimed for on MYS Date on which pharmacy owner receives DMS fee
July 2024 By 5th August 2024 1st October 2024
By 5th September 2024 1st November 2024
By 5th October 2024 29th November 2024 (1st December falls on a Sunday)
By 5th November 2024 (final deadline to claim) 31st December 2024 (1st January 2025 is a bank holiday)


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