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EPS Phase 4

Roll-out of Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) Phase 4 to GP practices enables those GP practices to use electronic prescribing even for those patients that do not have nominated pharmacies. This helps the move towards patients being able to collect their prescription without having to call into the GP surgery o collect the paper prescription.

What is Phase 4?
Previously, it was only possible to issue an EPS prescription where the patient had a nominated pharmacy or another dispenser. EPS had been most advantageous for patients who received regular medication and who tended to get their prescriptions dispensed at the same pharmacy most of the time.

Under Phase 4 of EPS, prescriptions would be sent via EPS by default, whether a patient has an EPS nomination in place or not.
However, where certain criteria are met, a paper prescription would still be used, for example:
• when a patient explicitly asks their GP for a paper prescription; or
• when the medicine being prescribed is not listed in the NHS list of medicines

What happens if I don’t have a nominated Pharmacy – what can I do?

Speak to our reception team about getting a regular pharmacist set up for your regular medications. This will take a few moments to complete and means when you order, your prescription will do direct to the pharmacy – so now more trips into the surgery to collect the green piece of paper.

There will be some medications that still require a paper prescription so you may visit the pharmacy of your choice. These will now be called token(s) and may no longer be provided on the green paper you are used too.

This service will be live at Crofton and Sharlston Medical Practice from March 3rd 2020.

If you have any issues please contact reception and ask to speak with the repeat prescription clerk. Thank you

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