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Electronic Prescription Service

The Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) sends electronic prescriptions from GP surgeries to pharmacies. Eventually EPS will remove the need for most paper prescriptions.

EPS Prescription Tracker - if you work at a prescribing or dispensing site, use this tracker to check the status of a prescription (N3 connection needed)

Statistics and progress - find out usage statistics and our latest deployment figures

Controlled drugs (CDs) current plans for prescribing and dispensing CDs with EPS

Information for:

Dispensing staff
GP practice staff
Other NHS staff and implementers

What is the EPS?

The EPS allows prescribers - such as GPs and practice nurses - to send prescriptions electronically to a dispenser (such as a pharmacy) of the patient's choice. This makes the prescribing and dispensing process more efficient and convenient for patients and staff.

What are the benefits?

GP practices:
 

  • can process prescriptions more efficiently
  • have greater control over the prescription
  • spend less time dealing with prescription queries

Dispensers:
 

  • can process prescriptions more efficiently
  • spend less time sorting and have less paper to send to NHS Prescription Services
  • have improved stock control

Information for patients

If you normally collect repeat prescriptions from the same place, or if you collect them on behalf of someone else, you could benefit from EPS in the following ways:
 

  • you can collect repeat prescriptions directly from a pharmacy without visiting your GP
  • you won't have paper prescriptions to lose
  • you may spend less time waiting in the pharmacy
  • the service is reliable, secure and confidential

If you're a patient you can find more about electronic prescriptions on the NHS Choices website.

Bulletins

Download the latest:
 

To sign-up for these bulletins, please email enquiries@nhsdigital.nhs.uk.

More information about the EPS

Electronic prescriptions for dispensing staff

Find out about using the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS), along with information about Smartcards and advice on implementing the service.

Electronic prescriptions for GP practice staff

Find out about using the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS), along with information about Smartcards and advice on implementing the service.

Electronic repeat dispensing for dispensing staff

If you're a dispenser, find out about electronic repeat dispensing and how you could benefit from using it.

Electronic repeat dispensing for GP practice staff

If you're a prescriber, find out about electronic repeat dispensing and how you could benefit from using it.

EPS Prescription Tracker

The EPS Prescription Tracker allows staff working at prescribing and dispensing sites to check the status of a prescription.

Explaining electronic repeat dispensing to patients

Find out how to explain electronic repeat dispensing (eRD) to patients. This information can be used in letters, leaflets and your own websites.

Pharmacy costs and benefits study: key points for community pharmacy teams

Details of the outcome of an independent review of the costs, systems and usage of the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) in community pharmacy, which was conducted by PwC are now available.

Statistics and progress

Read the latest statistics, GP planned go-lives, future developments and more.

The future of the Electronic Prescription Service

Learn more about the future of the EPS, and what this will mean for prescribers and dispensers.

Utilisation workshop toolkit

Access a toolkit developed by NHS Digital to help local Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) leads plan and deliver EPS Utilisation Workshops in your area.

Have a question about the Electronic Prescription Service? Please contact enquiries@nhsdigital.nhs.uk.

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