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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 - find out usage statistics and our latest deployment figures

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

Information for:

Dispensers
Prescribers
Other NHS staff and implementers


About EPS

EPS allows prescribers 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.


The benefits

The benefits of EPS include:

  • prescribers can process prescriptions more efficiently and spend less time dealing with prescription queries
  • dispensers can reduce use of paper, have improved stock control, and provide a more efficient service to patients
  • patients can collect repeat prescriptions from a pharmacy without visiting their GP, and won't have a paper prescription to lose

Use the new EPS benefits estimator to find out how you could benefit from using EPS.

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


Bulletins

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

More information about the EPS

Deployment and utilisation progress data

We're responsible for recording data related to the deployment of systems and services across health and social care systems in England. On this page you'll find links to management information dashboards containing this data.

Electronic prescriptions for dispensers

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

Electronic prescriptions for prescribers

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

Electronic repeat dispensing for dispensers

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

Electronic repeat dispensing for prescribers

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.

Other NHS staff and implementers

Find guidance about the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS), along with resources related to switching on and implementing the service.

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

Read the latest statistics, GP planned go-lives 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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