Brexit: What it means for the Welsh Ambulance Service

This page explains the plans we have made to prepare for any implications of the UK’s proposed exit from the European Union in the NHS in Wales, recognising that recent developments have seen an extension to the process until October 31, 2019 at the latest.

Preparing for Brexit

The Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust has undertaken a full risk assessment in relation to the potential impact of Brexit on its staff, services and supply chain and is fully engaged in pan-Wales work, working with partners across the NHS and beyond.

We are planning in collaboration with colleagues across NHS Wales to manage any potential disruption to goods and services. This is the same as all NHS organisations across the country and our aim is that our services continue seamlessly and smoothly. We have business continuity plans in place to support this.

All health boards, NHS Trusts and local authorities have reviewed their existing resilience plans in the context of a no-deal Brexit and are working with their partners in their local resilience forums.

These plans will be tested as part of the wider public service preparations.

The Impact for Wales
Information about preparations for Brexit across Wales is available from the Welsh Government website here.

The Impact for the Welsh NHS
Information about preparations for Brexit across the NHS in Wales is available from the Welsh Government website here.

FAQs for health and care staff are available from the NHS Confederation Wales website here.

Medicines, Medical Supplies and Equipment

The UK Government is making arrangements to protect the supply of medicines across the UK. Patients, GPs and pharmacists are advised not to stockpile medicines.

The procurement and maintenance requirements for essential new and replacement medical devices and equipment are currently being assessed. Supply chains inside and outside the EU are being reviewed and at-risk goods are being considered under continuity of supply contingency planning arrangements.

Information for Our Colleagues Who Are EU Citizens

We very much value our colleagues who are EU citizens and understand that the current uncertainty over Brexit is worrying.

We want to assure you that your contribution to our service and your service to the people of Wales is important to us and we want to support you as much as possible as we prepare to leave the European Union.

We hope the information below is helpful. However, should you require any further support, please speak to your line manager or contact:

EU Settlement Scheme

The EU Settlement Scheme has been established so that EU citizens can apply to continue living and working in the UK beyond 30 June 2021.

To apply to the EU Settlement Scheme in a public pilot, you must have a valid biometric passport and non-EU family members of EU citizens must have a biometric residence card. If you do not have a biometric passport or biometric residence card, don’t worry - you will be able to apply when the scheme fully opens by 30 March 2019.

Further details on the Settlement Scheme can be found here.

Register Your Information on ESR

We are asking all staff to register their nationality on ESR so we are able to provide support and information to EU national staff in the lead up to the UK leaving the EU. Sharing your nationality with us is voluntary, but it will help us make sure that we are able to support anyone who needs help through the Brexit period. We will not share your data with any third parties. (CHECK WITH SIMONE OR VI)

How the Public Can Help

You can help the NHS prepare for Brexit by continuing to choose the right NHS service for your illness or injury. Choose Well will help you decide if you need medical attention if you get sick. It explains what each NHS service does, and when it should be used. This allows NHS services to help the people who need it most. You can also check your symptoms using the NHS Direct Wales Symptom Checker.