While the Government continues to work to secure a European Union Exit deal, preparations are being made for all EU Exit scenarios, including the possibility of a 'no deal'.
In preparation for a 'no deal' EU Exit, Morecambe Bay CCG is working closely with NHS England to ensure the least disruption to our local services by creating a contingency plan. This will be based on national guidance and will help to ensure that we are prepared within our organisation for all possible outcomes.
NHS England and NHS Improvement have published updated information on planning for continuity of supply of medicines in the case of a ‘no deal’ EU Exit. This information also includes supporting Q&As which may be help with any questions you may have about your medicines and medical products.
There is also an article on the nhs.uk website about getting your medicines if there's a no-deal EU Exit.
NHS 111 signposting
When you ring 111 you will hear the following message:
“If you are calling to ask about accessing healthcare when visiting, working, studying or living in the EU, please go to www.nhs.uk and click on healthcare abroad. To get the direct link to this page in a text message to your phone, press 1 or press 2 to speak to the NHS111 service”
The text message states:
“You can use this link to find out about healthcare when visiting, working, studying or living in the EU https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/healthcare-abroad/ thanks”
This message is active in all areas.
Stephen Hammond MP, Minister of State for Health, provided a written ministerial statement to the House of Commons on Monday 25 February. He also wrote to the NHS, adult social care, Royal Colleges and charities to provide an update on work to ensure the continuity of supply of medicines and medical products in the event the UK leaves the EU with no deal.
Where to find information
All information published by the Department of Health and Social Care – and other parts of Government - on EU Exit can be viewed here.
Any information published by NHS England and NHS Improvement will be available on the NHS England web pages.
Messages for patients will continue to be published on the nhs.uk website under the appropriate section.