UPDATE SEPT 2020

The practice has now gone live with EPS4: 

In EPS Phase 4, a token (patients may refer to these as paper copies of their prescription) will be printed by the GP practice for all patients without an EPS nomination. This will be given to the patient or collected as part of a prescription collection service. Patients can take these tokens to any pharmacy in England.

Electronic prescriptions

Most prescriptions are now signed, sent and processed electronically.

You have 2 choices for how this works.

  • You can choose a pharmacy or dispenser to dispense all your prescriptions. When you get a prescription, it will be sent electronically to the dispenser you have chosen. You can collect your medicines or appliances without having to hand in a paper prescription.
  • You can decide each time you are issued a prescription where you would like it to be dispensed. When you are issued a prescription, you will be given a paper copy that you can take to any pharmacy or other dispenser in England. The paper copy will contain a unique barcode that will be scanned to download your prescription from the secure NHS database.

Paper prescriptions will continue to be available in special circumstances, but almost all prescriptions will be processed electronically.

Choosing a pharmacy or other dispenser

If you get regular prescriptions or are already using a prescription collection service (where a pharmacy collects prescriptions from your GP practice for you) then choosing a pharmacy to dispense all your prescriptions may save you time by avoiding unnecessary trips to your GP.

You will still order your repeat prescriptions in the same way as you do now, but your prescriptions will be sent electronically to the pharmacy or dispenser of your choice.

You will not have to collect a paper repeat prescription from your GP practice.

Cancelling or changing your choice of pharmacist or dispenser

You can change or cancel your choice of dispenser at any time. Simply speak to your GP or pharmacist before you order your next prescription.

You should allow time for the update to take place to avoid your next prescription being sent to the wrong place.

EPS Prescriptions

This practice has introduced the NHS service that allows your prescription to be sent electronically from your GP to your pharmacy.   This  makes collecting prescriptions easier and more convenient for you.  The service gives you the option to "nominate" the place you choose to get your medication or appliance from so that they can receive your prescriptions electronically.  This could save you a trip to the GP Practice just to collect the prescription form - particularly if you have regular prescriptions.

Please ask at your Local Pharmacy or at the surgery.

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