Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) Phase 4 upgrade

We are upgrading to the next phase of the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) from the 1st September 2020. EPS currently allows prescribers (GP, Nurse Practitioner and Practice Pharmacist) to send prescriptions electronically to a community pharmacy of the patient's choice - known as their 'nominated pharmacy'. Phase 4 of EPS allows prescriptions for patients without an EPS nomination to be signed, sent and processed electronically:

    1. If patients continue to nominate their EPS pharmacy to receive their prescriptions (as with the current service) – No change continue as normal

    1. For patients without an EPS nomination or chooses not to use their nominated pharmacy, they will be given a paper token to present at a community pharmacy. The token contains a unique barcode which can be scanned at any community pharmacy in England to download the prescription from the NHS spine and retrieve the prescriptions details.  During coronavirus pandemic, patients will not need the paper token; community pharmacies will be able to download the prescription using the prescription ID number or from patient's NHS number using the EPS Tracker.

Most patients will still receive prescriptions in the same way as they do now. Please note paper prescriptions will only be given in special circumstances

Read more about EPS on the NHS website.




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