Electronic Prescription Service (EPS)
The Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) is an NHS service.
If you collect your repeat prescriptions from the Practice you will not have to visit the Surgery to pick up your paper prescription. Instead, your GP will send it electronically to the place you choose, saving you time.
How can you use EPS?
You need to choose a place for your GP practice to electronically send your prescription to. This is called nomination. You can choose:a pharmacy and/or a dispensing appliance contractor (if you use one).
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EPS Summary for Patients
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In addition if you or someone you care for uses the same medicines regularly, you may be able to benefit from using the NHS Electronic Repeat Dispensing (eRD) service. (Also known as batch prescriptions).
This means you won’t have to re-order or collect your repeat prescriptions from your GP practice every time you need more medicine.
How do set up batch prescriptions?
Ask us if your medication is suitable for Electronic Repeat Dispensing (eRD).
If your prescriber thinks that you could use eRD for your regular medications they will then authorise a number of eRD batch prescriptions. This will be based on your circumstances and clinical need. These eRD prescriptions will then be supplied by your pharmacy at regular intervals.
Collect your first eRD batch prescription from your pharmacy. You can choose any pharmacy that dispenses NHS prescriptions.
Next time you need more medicines, go back to your pharmacy.
Before dispensing the next issue of your prescription, your pharmacy will ask you the following questions:
- Have you seen any health professionals (GP, nurse or hospital doctor), since your last repeat prescription was supplied?
- Have you recently started taking any new medicines - either on prescription or that you have bought over the counter?
- Have you been having any problems with your medication or experiencing any side effects?
- Are there any items on your repeat prescription that you don’t need this month?
If you don’t need all of the medicines on your prescription, let the pharmacy staff know, so that they only supply the medicines you need. This will help to reduce waste and save the NHS money.
When your pharmacy supplies the last prescription in the batch, they will advise you to contact us to arrange for your medication to be reviewed and if it is clinically appropriate to issue another eRD prescription. Your doctor or practice nurse may want you to make an appointment before they will authorise more eRD batch prescriptions.