The Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) enables your GP practice to send your prescriptions to the pharmacy electronically. The prescription is then sent to the pricing authority for payment.
The National Health Service (NHS) initiated the EPS that has been introduced in two important forms viz. Release 1 (R1) and Release 2 (R2). The R1 form contains a barcode paper prescription that is the actual, legal prescription. Most pharmacies in UK deploy R1.
On the other hand, R2 supports the transfer of electronic prescriptions, patient’s nomination, repeat dispensing, cancellation of electronic prescriptions, and online submission of reimbursement claims to the pricing authority.
Currently, registered GMC doctors can issue the NHS electronic prescription, which is sent online to the patient’s nominated pharmacy.
Patients who are advised regular medication and tend to collect their repeat prescriptions from the same pharmacy can do the nomination.
Those who are on a repeat prescription or existing repeat dispensing medications are ideal patients to discuss about the Electronic Prescription Service and pharmacy nomination.
Pharmacy teams can work along with GPs to start with the process so that they can be able to identify patients carrying split prescriptions. They should make sure that patients are aware of the pros and cons of nomination.
A patient can use the Electronic Prescription Service to order either single prescription medicine or repeat prescription medicines. Please note that the service is not applicable for private prescriptions and veterinary prescriptions.
When you start using the Electronic Prescription service, you need not require visiting your GP practice to collect your paper prescription. The service is free and you get free delivery if you nominate an online pharmacy such as Pharmacy Outlet.
Pharmacy Outlet is a UK’s registered online pharmacy that offers the Electronic Prescription Service. In addition, its free reminder service will help inform about your repeat prescription due.
You can order anytime through the website or by sending a mail. For more information, call 03333 222 400. All you need to do is nominate Pharmacy Outlet to get started with the Electronic Prescription Service. The registration process is easy and quick.