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.

Top tasks

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

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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.


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Contact details

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

Further information

  1. Statistics

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

  2. Other NHS staff and implementers

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.