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Electronic Prescribing System (EPS) allows us to send your prescriptions to a pharmacy of your choice.

It saves you, the patient and us as a Practice a lot of time.

This is because we can electronically send a prescription to your pharmacy instead of printing and signing paper copies and also saves you the time of collecting it from us!

Instead you can head straight to the pharmacy the next day of ordering your prescription.

The Electronic Prescription System (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.

What does this mean for you?

If you collect your prescription 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 also not have to wait as long at the Pharmacy as there will be time for your repeat prescription to be ready before you arrive.

Is this service for you?

Yes, if you have a stable condition and you don't want to go to your GP Practice every time to collect your repeat prescription. Collect your medicines from the same place most of the time or use a prescription collection service now. It may not be for you if you do not get prescriptions very often, or if you pick up your medicines from different places.

How can you use EPS?

You need to choose a place for your GP Practice to electronically send your prescriptions too.
This is called nomination. You can choose a pharmacy, a dispensing appliance contractor (if you use one), your dispensing GP Practice (if you are eligible). Ask any Pharmacy or dispensing appliance contractor that offers EPS or your GP Practice to add your nomination for you. You don't need a computer to do this.

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 if you are on repeat prescription.

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