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Electronic Prescription Service

The Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) allows prescriptions to be sent direct to pharmacies through IT systems used in GP surgeries. Eventually EPS will remove the need for most paper prescriptions.

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

Electronic repeat dispensing - for prescribers and dispensers

Information for:

Dispensing staff
GP practice staff
Other NHS staff and implementers

What is the EPS?

The EPS enables 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 of 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 the service:
 

  • 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

Statistics and progress

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

The future of the Electronic Prescription Service

In the future, EPS Phase 4 will become the default option for the prescribing, dispensing and reimbursement of prescriptions in primary care in England.

Electronic prescription tracker

The electronic prescription tracker allows staff working at prescribing and dispensing sites to check the status of a prescription.

Electronic repeat dispensing for prescribers

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

Electronic prescriptions for GP practice staff

Find out about using electronic prescriptions, along with information about Smartcards and advice on implementing the service.

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 repeat dispensing for dispensers

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

Explaining Electronic Repeat Dispensing (eRD) 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.

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

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