Information for people who use services, their families and carers
The UK left the EU on 31 Jan 2020 and is in a transition period until 31 December 2020. Across the NHS a great deal of preparation has been undertaken to ensure that any disruption caused as a result of a ‘no deal’ exit can be minimised.
Getting your medicines if the UK leaves the EU without a deal
Many of the people who use our services rely on a variety of medicines to manage their conditions and we fully understand that many of you, and your carers, will be concerned about the supply of medicines in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
Please keep ordering your repeat prescriptions and taking your medicines as normal. It is unnecessary to change how you order and take your medicines.
It’s important you don’t ask for more medicines than you normally need, doing so risks pressure on availability of medicines for other people.
The government is working closely with the NHS and suppliers to help to ensure medicines and medical products continue to be available for patients if there is a ‘no deal’ Brexit.
The actions we are taking
We are working closely with our NHS partners, our wholesalers and others to make sure we continue to have enough supplies of medicines and medical devices for the people who use our services.
We are in discussions with our suppliers, to ensure they have good arrangements in place for a no-deal exit from the EU.
How you can help
As usual, make sure you maintain your normal levels of medication, as advised by your clinical team, and request repeat prescriptions well in advance of your supply running out. That will give your pharmacy enough time to deal with any difficulties sourcing medications, if they were to arise.
It’s important to note that this is standard practice for the people who use our services and not new advice.
If you have concerns
If you have any questions about your medicines, it is usually best to discuss them with the pharmacists who supplied them to you. If you are a patient under our care, you should initially contact your healthcare professional, care coordinator or key worker who will be able to help you and can put you in contact with a clinical pharmacist if needed.
Alternatively, for general queries, you can contact us by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. This route should not be used for anything that requires an urgent response.