HRT Prescribing During COVID-19

Published: 27th March 2020

In light of the current outbreak of coronavirus, all consultations here at Newson Health are now taking place virtually - either online or over the telephone. A new statement has been released from the British Menopause Society, along with RCOG, RCGP and FSRH, urging all GPs to do the same as well as providing easy access to repeat prescriptions. The aim is to ensure that menopausal women do not struggle to obtain their HRT prescription in these difficult times. Read the full statement below:

We recognise that many women are likely to experience difficulties in obtaining HRT supplies due to the current coronavirus situation. We also appreciate that continuing HRT intake is likely to help many women control their often difficult menopausal symptoms, which is particularly relevant given the additional stress some women may be under in view of the strains of the current situation on society.
Furthermore, General Practitioners’ surgeries have also been put under additional pressure, with consultations and advice prioritised to dealing with serious and potentially life-threatening medical issues.
Recognising the current constraints, we recommend that General Practitioners and healthcare providers consider advising women about menopause issues through telephone and virtual consultations where at all possible to reduce face to face engagement, and with easy access to repeat prescriptions of HRT supplies (especially to women who have been on HRT and have not been experiencing any problems with their intake). This will help to avoid the need for many women to visit their GP surgery to discuss these issues and assist with obtaining repeat prescriptions.

Haitham Hamoda, Chairman, BMS

Edward Morris, President, RCOG

Martin Marshall, Chair, RCGP

Asha Kasliwal, President, FSRH

25 March 2020