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Extension of patient declaration exemptions

COVID exemption measures will remain in force for at least two more months

July 1st 2021

Tagged: Dispensary guidance news England COVID19

By Ailsa Colquhoun

Practices in England do not need to ask patients to sign prescription forms, contrary to previous information given to the DDA.

The DHSC has approved an extension to an existing temporary suspension of patient declarations, that was due to expire yesterday (30 June).

The suspension has been in place since 1 November 2020 and is now extended for a further two months until 31 August 2021.

This is to avoid cross contamination and help minimise the handling of paperwork when collecting medicines. This will, however, be kept under review and may be extended, if there continues to be a cross infection risk, or removed, as soon as it is deemed safe for patients to resume signing forms.