Care homes should allow an extra 72 hours when ordering ‘just-in-time’ non-clinical goods after the end of the UK’s Brexit transition period tonight (midnight).
However, doctors and patients should adhere to usual prescription orders and not to stockpile medicines. The DHSC says that suppliers have been asked to maintain a target level of six weeks’ total stock on UK soil. There are also arrangements for the air freight of medicines with short shelf-lives, such as medical radioisotopes, if required.
Adult Social Care providers should also continue to order medicines, medical products and any non-clinical goods as normal. For PPE, you should continue to get Covid-19 PPE via the PPE Portal.
Concerned patients, service users, and their relatives can be reassured that government has plans in place to help ensure a continued supply of medical goods. Adult Social Care PPE can still be obtained through the PPE Portal.
Other aspects of the Brexit deal reached by the UK Government earlier this week include arrangements for Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) for healthcare professionals, and for GDPR, which will be retained in UK law after the end of the transition period.
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