The Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) is an NHS service. It gives you the chance to change how your GP sends your prescription to the place you choose to get your medicines or appliances from.
From January 18th 2016 the GPs working here will be able to produce and transmit a prescription to a pharmacy you have nominated with no need to produce a paper prescription. However you will still be able to have a paper prescription if you want one.
The Electronic Prescription Service (or EPS) will allow you to collect your medications from a pharmacy at a location convenient to you; it could be near your place of work, for example.
If you wish to join in this scheme please go to your preferred pharmacy and let them know you want them to be your nominated pharmacy. They will then register your details and we will know that you have joined the EPS scheme.
If you have already nominated a pharmacy please remember that from 18.1.16 your prescriptions will automatically be sent to this pharmacy unless you ask us to do otherwise. If you are unsure whether you have a nominated pharmacy please check with your pharmacy.
What does this mean for you?
If you collect your repeat prescriptions from your GP you will not have to visit your GP practice to pick up your paper prescription. Instead, your GP will send it electronically to the place you choose, saving you time.
You will have more choice about where to get your medicines from because they can be collected from a pharmacy near to where you live, work or shop.
You may not have to wait as long at the pharmacy as there will be time for your repeat prescriptions to be ready before you arrive.
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:
Can I change my nomination or cancel it and get a paper prescription?
Yes you can. If you don’t want your prescription to be sent electronically tell your GP. If you want to change or cancel your nomination speak to any pharmacist or dispensing appliance contractor that offers EPS, or your GP practice. Tell them before your next prescription is due or your prescription may be sent to the wrong place.
Is EPS reliable, secure and confidential?
Yes. Your electronic prescription will be seen by the same people in GP practices, pharmacies and NHS prescription payment and fraud agencies that see your paper prescription now.
Sometimes dispensers may see that you have nominated another dispenser. For example, if you forget who you have nominated and ask them to check or, if you have nominated more than one dispenser. Dispensers will also see all the items on your reorder slip if you are on repeat prescriptions.