National expansion of Real Time Exemption Checking service for prescriptions
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RTEC allows pharmacy teams to digitally check if patients are eligible for free prescriptions when dispensing medication. The system uses the patient’s NHS number, names, date of birth and postcode to conduct the check. The patient’s status will display that they are ‘exempt’, or ‘unknown’ if no exemption is found. Patients will no longer be required to sign the patient declaration on the prescription form if the system shows that a valid exemption has been found.
Patients can go to nhs.uk/checkbeforeyoutick and use a free online exemption checking service to see if they’re eligible for help with their NHS health costs.
Patients who receive an exemption under Universal Credit are currently not included in RTEC.
The Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) enables prescriptions to be sent electronically to a dispenser nominated by the patient. The service is currently being rolled out across England.
Find out more about the benefits of RTEC for pharmacists here.
Paul Rolfe, pharmacist at Birmingham's community pharmacy in Cleethorpes, talks about RTEC in this blog.
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Last edited: 14 February 2020 9:50 am