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26/03/2020

Will I still be able to access my child or adult’s regular medicines?

We recommend that people are prepared and ensure that they have a reasonable back up such as extra antibiotic treatment readily available in the event of increased respiratory symptoms. 

Public Health England advises that:

Prescriptions will continue to cover the same length of time as usual.

If you do not currently have your prescriptions collected or delivered, you can arrange this by:

Asking someone who can pick up your prescription from the local pharmacy (this is the best option, if possible).
Contacting your pharmacy to ask them to deliver your prescription to you or to help you find a volunteer (who will have been ID checked) to deliver it.
You may also need to arrange for collection or delivery of hospital specialist medication that is prescribed to you by your hospital care team.

If you receive support from health and social care organisations, such as having care provided for you through the local authority or health care system, this will continue as normal.

Your health or social care provider will be asked to take additional precautions to make sure that you are protected.

It may also be possible to obtain a prescription of any regular medications you have run out of through NHS 111 online here.

For help picking up or arranging prescriptions, call 0800 028 8327

In many local areas, informal groups have been set up with volunteers who can help which you can find by searching *name of town/village covid 19 support on Facebook or on search engines. These groups can also provide information on cafes, shops and restaurants in your local area who are providing delivery services.

Be aware that these are informal groups and although some have background check requirements and processes for managing money etc whilst helping self-isolating households, some will not, so care is needed in making arrangements for assistance.

Updated 29.06.20