Policy Statement

This care service policy follows the temporary guidance from the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) to enable the re-use of medicines for care homes in England, for the period of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), NHS England and NHS Improvement acknowledge a medicines re-use scheme to be appropriate under specific circumstances to alleviate some of the current pressures of the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic to address issues around stock issues for palliative and other pain relief medication and addresses concerns about the medicines supply chain in care homes.

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