Brexit – health and care planning

Like all other areas across the country, we are taking steps to minimise any disruption to local services as a result of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit.

Doncaster CCG is part of the South Yorkshire Local Resilience Forum (LRF), a multiagency partnership, aligned to the South Yorkshire Policing area, which brings together the local organisations needed to plan and prepare for major emergencies in the county.

Local Resilience Forum (LRF) partners have come together as multi-agencies to consider any potential local impacts of a national ‘no-deal’ Brexit.

The South Yorkshire LRF multiagency Brexit planning group has assessed potential future risks for South Yorkshire from a ‘no-deal’ Brexit based on the range of potential impacts as listed on the GOV.UK website.

A useful document is available which shows how the South Yorkshire LRF is preparing for a ‘no-deal’ Brexit. When the document is updated, it will be uploaded onto this page.

‘No-deal’ Brexit planning for health and care services

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) is leading the response to EU Exit across the health and care sector. NHS England and NHS Improvement are working closely with DHSC to best prepare the NHS.

Getting your medicines if there’s a ‘no-deal’ Brexit

You don’t need to take any special action to keep getting your medicines and medical products after Brexit.

The NHS, the Department of Health and Social Care and medical companies are prepared for Brexit. Plans are in place to help ensure you keep getting your medicines and medical products. What you should do:

Your medicines and prescriptions

  • If you or someone you care for regularly take medication you should keep ordering your prescriptions in the usual way and take your medicines as normal
  • If you are concerned about treatment, please speak to your pharmacist, GP or specialist
  • 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.

In the event of a local or regional medication stock problem, please look to other pharmacies for supply, rather than returning to your GP practice. It might be helpful to ask up to three different pharmacy/appliance providers.

You may wish to allow more time for your prescription to be completed, (for example 3 working days, rather than 2).

It is also good to know where other pharmacies are locally apart from the one you regularly use.

Clinical trials

  • Clinical trials are expected to continue as normal in the coming months
  • If you are concerned about a clinical trial you or a family member are taking part in, please speak with the NHS organisation that is hosting the trial.

What the NHS is doing

The plans developed by the NHS and Department of Health and Social Care cover all medicines and medical products. This includes:

  • all prescribed medicines
  • over the counter medicines (medicines you can buy without a prescription)
  • medical devices eg surgical instruments, gloves and gowns
  • nutritional products
  • bloods, blood and transplant products (there are some medicines that are derived from blood plasma such as immunoglobulin, albumin, and clotting factors)
  • vaccines

These plans cover the entire United Kingdom, Isle of Man & The Channel Islands.

We’ve asked GPs and pharmacists to continue to prescribe medicines and medical products as usual and avoid issuing longer than normal prescriptions.

Extra supplies already in the UK

Companies supplying the UK with medicines and medical products already have additional stocks in the UK in preparation for Brexit.

The Department of Health and Social Care has secured more warehouse space to keep the extra medicines in.

Transport to keep medical deliveries coming into the UK

The government now has contracts with transport services to keep the flow of medicines and medical products coming in to the UK.

This includes aeroplane courier services to get medicines into the UK within 24 hours if needed, as well as priority space on other routes such as ferries.

Other information related to healthcare and Brexit

If you are a healthcare professional, see NHS England’s guidance for healthcare professionals – Frequently asked questions about patients’ access to medicines after Brexit.

Further information about medicines and the EU Exit can be found on NHS UK.

Further information

Local

In addition to the detail on this page, if you have any further queries or questions for health care services in Doncaster, please contact us.

National

NHS England is working closely with DHSC to provide relevant information to patients and the public. Information and advice for patients is available from www.nhs.uk. Specific, national enquiries should be directed to the DHSC, who can be contacted using the following details:

Ministerial Correspondence and Public Enquiries Unit
Department of Health and Social Care
39 Victoria Street
London
SW1H 0EU
United Kingdom

Telephone: 0207 210 4850 or by using the contact form

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