No Shortage of Meds

Patients who have regular repeat prescriptions are asked not to request additional supplies of their medication or to ask for it any sooner than it is due.

In line with instructions from the DHSC, GPs will only prescribe a normal supply of medication, and will not provide a repeat prescription in advance of the date it is due.

Minister David Ashford said: ‘There is no particular problem with the supply of medicines to the island, but we need to proceed cautiously. This is a time for insisting on best practice – and that means prescribing in an equitable way that safeguards the supply chain. Patients should not ask their GPs to add extra supplies of their medication on a prescription or seek a repeat ‘script in advance, as they will not be able to oblige.’

Pharmacies may have to operate reduced opening hours from time to time during the circuit break, as it is proving more difficult than normal to cover staff absences during periods of illness, self-isolation or for other reasons. 

As well as being required to dispense prescriptions, a registered pharmacist must be present where a number of over-the-counter medicines are sold, and therefore if the pharmacist is away and a locum is not available, the branch may have to close temporarily or change its opening times. 

Patients can check if their pharmacy is open by phoning the branch, and news of any closures will be posted on Gov social media channels.

Further information about pharmacies and a list of contact details is available online at:

https://www.gov.im/categories/health-and-wellbeing/pharmacy-services/community-pharmacies/