Electronic Prescription Service

Summary

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

Top tasks

Phase 4  – pilot for the next phase of EPS, which will see almost all prescriptions processed electronically, even for patients without a nominated dispenser

Controlled drugs (CDs) - pilot for prescribing and dispensing CDs with EPS

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

Information for:

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 are that:

  • 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

Find out about the benefits of EPS for prescribers and dispensers.

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

EPS benefits estimator

The data used to develop the EPS benefits estimator was collected when EPS prescriptions were generated by prescribers in GP practices only. EPS is now used in additional care settings, such as integrated urgent care.

Because the processes for generating and dispensing integrated urgent care prescriptions can be different, the EPS benefits estimator is no longer available as a direct resource on our website.

Please contact your local NHS Digital implementation and business change team to understand the benefits for your care settings - epsimplementation@nhs.net

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Contact details

Electronic Prescription Service
Email: enquiries@nhsdigital.nhs.uk

Further information

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    About the EPS Prescription Tracker

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

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    Statistics

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

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    Other NHS staff and implementers

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

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    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.

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    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.