The Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) is changing

We are upgrading to the next phase of the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) which will mean that almost all our prescriptions will be processed electronically from Monday 27th April 2020.

Most prescriptions are now signed, sent and processed electronically – this is safer and more secure.

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.

We recommend that patients choose a pharmacy for their electronic prescriptions. Having a pharmacy nomination in EPS removes the need for patients to collect a ‘paper copy’ of the prescription from GP practice and drop them off at a pharmacy, supporting the public to observe social distancing.

Read more about EPS on the NHS website.

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