Ensuring the continuing supply of medicines and medical products

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Health and social care leaders in Wolverhampton are proud of their joint working to tackle local issues that arise from time to time. Currently our leaders are working closely with Wolverhampton Local Pharmaceutical Committee, the Government and NHS suppliers to make sure that medicines and medical products continue to be available in Wolverhampton during and beyond the uncertainty currently surrounding Brexit.

Wolverhampton Doctors and Pharmacists have not been instructed to delay or change any routine treatment or medicines as a result of Brexit planning.

Advice for all patients is not to stockpile and to keep ordering your repeat prescriptions and taking your medicines as normal. The NHS, through your local doctor's surgery and pharmacy, will keep you informed if there are any necessary changes.

Dr Helen Hibbs, Accountable Officer for Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “It's very important you don't order more medicines than normal. If you do, then it may mean that other people won't be able to get their medicines. Occasionally, the NHS does experience temporary shortages of some medicines. If this happens, you will be prescribed the best alternative to your usual medicine, this is normal practice.”

John Denley, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Director of Public Health, said: “The situation around Brexit is causing a degree of uncertainty, and the Government has asked suppliers of medical goods to build up at least six weeks' worth of extra stocks above the usual levels.

“The Government has also bought extra ferry capacity to ensure that the importation of medicines and medical products can be prioritised so that people can continue to receive their medicines on time.

“In the meantime, people should continue to keep ordering their repeat prescriptions as normal, and not look to stockpile medicines or medical products.”

Over 2.5 million prescription items are dispensed in primary care alone in England every day, and the NHS has existing ways of making sure that you get your medicines and medical products, even under difficult circumstances.

If you are concerned, please speak to your doctor or pharmacist.

You can also read NHS England's answers to common questions about getting your medicines after EU Exit.