The Electronic Prescription Service

The Electronic Prescription Service is an NHS Service that will enable GP surgeries in England to send prescriptions electronically for dispensing by an EPS compliant dispensary.

Currently, dispensing practices are unable to use the EPS for medicines dispensed by the practice dispensary, as there are no EPS-compliant systems on the market.

If they ask, all patients, including dispensing patients must be advised of their right to use an EPS dispensary. Practices are reminded that an EPS nomination for a pharmacy DOES NOT affect the dispensing status/eligibility of the nominating patient.

Resources to help DDA member practices manage the practical implications of implementing the EPS are available here.

The DDA is supportive of the aims of the EPS, which include:

Patients

  • Automatic and advance transmission of repeat prescriptions
  • Choice of dispensary.

For staff

  • Advance information to facilitate dispensing workloads
  • Easier stock control
  • Reduced rekeying of information
  • Electronic payment submission.

DDA CEO Matthew Isom said: “The EPS has the potential to provide a safer and more efficient service to┬ápatient, but these and other benefits will only be fully realised if NHS England finds the┬áresources to fund practice IT and internet connections.”

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