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NHS Electronic Prescription Service

We have been live with the NHS Electronic Prescription Service since May 2011. We have almost 6000 patients on repeat prescriptions so we are very keen to move as many patients as possible onto this service, for reasons outlined below. There are benefits all round, benefits for you, as the patient, benefits for the pharmacist, and benefits for our doctors and staff.

The key benefits are:

  1. We can send "acute" prescriptions electronically to your chosen (nominated) pharmacy, like an email, and it arrives there instantly.
  2. We can send repeat prescriptions likewise, and they arrive almost immediately
  3. if you are on regular daily medication, we can set up a "standing order" (called ELECTRONIC REPEAT DISPENSING) to automatically send the prescription to your nominated pharmacy every two months, without you having to do anything.

When you have your annual review appointment at the surgery, we can re-authorise your medication for 12 months, and set the standing order up. 
The only items which cannot be sent in this way are items which you need on an irregular or intermittent basis, for example some inhalers, creams, painkillers etc. These still have to be ordered, but can still be sent electronically once ordered. If a change is made to your treatment regime during the 12 month period, we can easily change your repeat prescriptions.

So what do you have to do to start using this service? Simply choose your "nominated" pharmacy, and either sign up at the pharmacy, or at the surgery. Our staff can `nominate` for you at your request.

From that point onwards your prescriptions will always, and automatically, be sent there unless you tell us otherwise.

If you wish to change your nominated pharmacy to a different one, this can be done in an instant, and the previous pharmacist will not be aware of it.

For more details, please visit the following website for up-to-date information:

http://www.connectingforhealth.nhs.uk/systemsandservices/eps

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