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Electronic Prescription Service – Phase 4

The Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) Phase 4 enables EPS to become the default for prescribing, dispensing and reimbursement of prescriptions in primary care in England

EPS currently allows prescribers to send prescriptions electronically to a dispenser of the patient's choice - known as their "nominated" dispenser.

Patients without an EPS nomination are given a token (patients may refer to this as a paper copy of their prescription) to present at a community pharmacy or Dispensing Appliance Contractor (DAC) to obtain their medication. This token will contain a unique barcode which can be scanned at any community pharmacy or DAC in England to download the prescription from the NHS Spine and retrieve the medication details.

Paper prescriptions will continue to be available in special circumstances, but almost all prescriptions can be processed electronically.

Phase 4 is not yet available for national roll-out with Vision and Microtest.


Information for GP practices

Now that phase 4 is the default, here is some useful information for your GP practice.


Information for dispensers

Now that phase 4 is the default, here is some useful information for dispensers.

Last edited: 24 November 2022 4:00 pm