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EU Exit

Update September 9, 2019

As the government prepares to leave the European Union (EU Exit) on 31 October, all information for patients from the CCG will be published and updated as and when the situation may change.

Medicines, medical devices and clinical consumables and workforce

Please continue to order your repeat medicines and medical devices and take your medicines as normal. It is important you don’t order more medicines than normal. If you do, it may mean that other people won’t be able to get their medicines.

National measures are in place to ensure that clinical and non-clinical goods and services that the NHS needs to function to continue to be available and that the NHS is able to maintain its staffing levels following EU Exit. Under UK legislation, qualifications of EU staff will continue to be recognised in the UK.

The government and Public Health England are also working together to ensure that vaccines will continue to be available as needed after the UK leaves the European Union.

The information for patients around continuity of medicines supply if there is no-deal EU Exit is regularly updated  and available by clicking on this link nhs.uk

Reciprocal care

Following EU Exit, if you are travelling to the EEA (European Economic Area) or Switzerland on or after 31 October, please ensure you take out comprehensive travel insurance. Using the EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) to receive reciprocal medical care in the EEA and Switzerland may change depending if we leave the EU with or without a deal. Visit https://www.ehic.co.uk/ for the latest information.

EU nationals living in the UK will still be able to access NHS care after the 31 October but EU visitors will be charged for accessing NHS care when new charging regulations come into force on 31 October.

If you are concerned or have any questions, please speak to your GP or Pharmacist or you can email us at bwdandeast.lancscomms@nhs.net

Any information published by NHS England and NHS Improvement is available on the NHS England web pages.

Patient facing messages will continue to be published on the nhs.uk website under the appropriate section.