Information for patients
There is information for patients on NHS.uk/brexit-medicine (this link will open in a new window - popups must be allowed)
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.
- 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 we’re doing:
The plans developed by the NHS and Department of Health and Social Care cover all medicines and medical products. This includes:
- over the counter medicines (medicines you can buy without a prescription)
- medical devices eg surgical instruments, gloves and gowns
- bloods, blood and transplant products (there are some medicines that are derived from blood plasma such as immunoglobulin, albumin, and clotting factors)
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
- Medical devices and clinical consumables (MDCC)
- It is important that patients only order their medical devices as normal and continue to use them as normal.
- If you are concerned, please speak to your doctor or pharmacist.
- Non clinical consumables, goods and services
- National and local measures are in place to help ensure that the non-clinical goods and services, including food for hospitals, that the NHS needs to function continue to be available.
- Measures have been put in place to help the NHS to maintain staff levels following EU Exit.
- Under UK legislation, the qualifications of EU staff will continue to be recognised in the UK.