The NHS introduced Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) to help people get their medicines without visiting their GP.
The NHS electronic prescription service allows you to change how your doctor sends your prescription to the place you prefer to receive your prescription medicines.
What does this service mean for you?
If you want to collect your repeat prescriptions from your GP, you will have to visit your GP’s clinic to pick up your paper prescription. The NHS electronic prescription service allows your GP to send your prescription electronically to the place you prefer, saving you time.
You will get the choice about where to get your prescriptions from. You can collect your medications from your nearest local pharmacy or through an online pharmacy.
You may not have to spend more time waiting at the pharmacy to collect your medicines if you use NHS electronic prescription service.
Is this NHS service right for you?
Yes, the NHS electronic prescription service is absolutely right for you. It is perfect for you if you have a stable condition and do not want to go to your GP every time to collect your repeat prescription. It is right for you if you collect your prescriptions from the same pharmacy most of the time or use an online pharmacy of your choice.
How can you choose this service?
First, you need to select a place for your GP to send your prescription electronically. This is known as “nomination”. You can nominate a local or online pharmacy, a dispensing appliance contractor, or a dispensing GP practice.
Ask any pharmacy that offers NHS electronic prescription service or your GP to add your nomination for you.
Is it reliable, secure and confidential?
Yes, the NHS EPS is safe, reliable and confidential. Your online prescription will be seen only by your GP, pharmacy and NHS. Dispensers will be able to see all your prescription medicines on your reorder slip if you are on regular or repeat prescriptions.