Medicine Shortages

We have been made aware of a nationwide shortage of a number of medications by the NHS Medicines team.

Of particular concern is the current shortage of Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) patches. These are being rationed by the pharmacies to ensure that they can best cover the patient population. This is out of our hands, but be aware that the pharmacies are trying their best to ensure that no-one goes without.

The shortages cover a range of medications, and when prescribing these we are not always aware that they may not be in stock. We work together with Community Pharmacists and local Pharmacies to ensure that we only prescribe what is in stock, but this is not always guaranteed to be in stock by the time the prescription is filled.

When we are alerted to a particular shortage, a member of staff is assigned to look for alternatives together with the broader pharmacy team and OCCG Medications team, and if required a doctor reviews the medications and re-issues a prescription.

Please work with us during this period, as there is likely to be an extended period of disruption over the next few months.

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