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Preparing for exit from the European Union

The NHS is making every effort to prepare for EU exit, with patient care and safety a priority. Although it is not current government policy to pursue a ‘no deal’ EU exit, no deal contingency planning has been stepped up.

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) is leading national NHS preparations for a ‘no deal’ EU exit, and we are using our existing Emergency Preparedness, Resilience and Response (EPRR) processes and procedures to make our own preparations.

Across the NHS a great deal of preparation has already been undertaken to ensure that any disruption caused as a result of there being no deal can be minimised. We are closely following advice from government and are keen to reassure patients that medicines and equipment will continue to be available and any disruption will be minimal.

The government has been working closely with pharmaceutical companies, suppliers, and the NHS to make sure patients continue to receive the medication they need if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. Messages for patients about the continuity of supply of medicines will be available on the www.nhs.uk website. The EU exit pages on NHS England’s website are now live – www.england.nhs.uk/eu-exit. As further information relating to the EU exit preparations becomes available it will be published here.

To help you to find out more about EU Exit, the UK Government has provided some general information, guidance for EU citizens and their families who reside in the UK, and advice for businesses on how EU Exit may affect them and any EU-born employees.

The guidance is regularly updated as more information becomes available.

Preparing for EU exit
www.gov.uk/government/brexit
Healthcare for UK residents visiting the EU, EEA and Switzerland in the event of a no-deal Brexit

For EU citizens and voluntary and community sectors:

Guidance for EU citizens living in the UK

Travelling to the EU:

Information for EU nationals travelling to the EU

Clinical Trials

We are committed to supporting research that is relevant and accessible to our patients. Through clinical research we can assess the efficacy of new medication, diagnostics, and treatment regimes. This helps to build the evidence for new approaches to improve patient care.

Research and Development within Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust operates as part of the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Research Consortium, providing clinical, managerial, and administrative support to those undertaking clinical research across Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

If you are currently taking part in a clinical trial and have concerns about how the UK’s exit from the EU will impact your trial, please continue with the regime advised by your local clinical trials team and make contact with them directly using the contact information provided on your Patient Information Sheet (PIS). Alternatively, you can contact the main Research and Development office: Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Tel: 01905 760256.

Further information about clinical trials can be found on the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Research Consortium website here.

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