The NHS Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) is one of the most beneficial services that let your GP practice to send your prescription via the internet to the pharmacy you prefer to get your regular medicine. If you use this service, there is no need for a paper prescription.
The EPS service means there is no need for a patient, who takes regular medicines, to visit their GP just to collect a handwritten prescription.
If you want your GP practice to send your prescriptions electronically, you must first choose a place from where you can get your medications. The place could be a registered pharmacy, a dispensing appliance contractor, or a GP who can dispense medicine.
The process of nomination is quite similar to the prescription collection service where the pharmacy collects your prescription on the behalf of you, instead of you going to a GP surgery. The difference here is that your pharmacy will collect your prescription via the internet.
You can select a pharmacy that is convenient to where you live. For more convenience, you can even choose an online pharmacy that collects your prescription online from your GP and delivers your medicine right to your home- for free.
Many GP surgeries and pharmacies offer the second stage of the Electronic Prescription Service i.e. Release 2 (R2). The prescription will not be sent online unless your GP surgery offers the EPS. Your GP is probably the best person to explain to you when and how you can use the electronic prescription service.
The electronic prescription service is safe, reliable and confidential. Only a few staff members working with your GP practice and pharmacy will have access to your electronic prescription.
You can nominate Pharmacy Outlet, one of the GPhC registered online pharmacies, to get started with the NHS Electronic Prescription Service. It is operated by the Pharmacentric Limited, which is situated at 40 London Road, Blackwater, Camberley, Surrey GU17 9AA.