European Union (EU) exit
On this page, you will find information that will help to explain how the NHS is preparing for the UK exiting the EU.
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) is leading the response to EU Exit across the health and care sector and is working closely with NHS England and NHS Improvement to ensure that the NHS is best prepared.
What does this mean for me?
Supply of medicines & prescriptions
Please keep ordering your repeat prescriptions and taking your medicines as normal. 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.
If you’re concerned speak to your pharmacist, GP or specialist.
You can read more about getting your medicines if there’s a no-deal EU Exit here:
Goods and consumables
Along with our NHS Partners we have been closely monitoring the supply of non-clinical consumables, goods and services and you should still be able to find/order the same goods as you do now following the EU Exit.
EU Colleagues and European Qualifications
The NHS is fortunate to have a number of colleagues who are EU nationals and recruitment teams have been supporting with EU Settlement Scheme applications. You can find out more here. https://www.gov.uk/eusettledstatus
European qualifications that are currently recognised automatically by UK regulators (such as doctors, nurses, midwives, dentists and pharmacists) will continue to be recognised after the UK leaves the EU.
The NHS.uk website is being regularly updated with information on the healthcare arrangements with individual countries. Please click here for further information.
To find out more
The EU Exit website contains detailed information on how individuals can prepare for the EU Exit, including if you have a business or are an EU national living in the UK.
This website now includes a simple ‘checker’ to find out what you may need to do to get ready for the EU Exit.