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Patient advice on EU Exit


Like other NHS trusts the RD&E is preparing to deal with any potential consequences of a no-deal EU Exit. We’re using national guidance and well-practised service continuity plans to help us minimise any potential disruption to services, in the event of a no-deal scenario.


We’d like to reassure our patients and their families that medicines and equipment will continue to be available and you do not need to stockpile any medicines or products. In the unlikely event of any shortages of specific medicines or products, your GP or pharmacist can recommend safe and effective alternatives.


As ever, our priority is to make sure we maintain safe, high quality care and services.


Here are the Government’s latest official key messages for patients in the event of a no-deal EU Exit, as at 23 October 2019. Any changes or updates will be posted on this page.


1. Medicines

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


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


What you should do:


Your medicines and prescriptions

There is also information on


Clinical trials

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:

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 EU Exit.


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 EU Exit


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


2. Medical devices and clinical consumables (MDCC)

3. Non clinical consumables, goods and services

4. Workforce

5. Data

6. Reciprocal healthcare and cost recovery


This information will apply if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.


UK nationals travelling to the EU

EEA and Swiss residents living/visiting/moving to UK:


Living in the UK

Moving to the UK after exit day


To be eligible for free NHS care, citizens who move to the UK after exit day must:

Visiting or studying in the UK


Visitors from EEA and Switzerland will be chargeable unless either of the following applies:

Visitors from the EEA countries and Switzerland whose visit to the UK starts before exit day will not be charged for treatment in England for as long as their temporary stay continues. For tourists, this will be until the end of their holiday. For students, this will be for the duration of their course, as long as they stay on it.


UK nationals living in the EU/EEA

7. Research and clinical networks

8. Vaccines

9. Blood and transplant


Last updated: 23 October 2019