The Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) is a service initiated by the NHS in England. It offers the opportunity to your GP practice to send your prescription to the pharmacy of your choice.
What is the NHS Electronic Prescription Service?
If you get your repeat prescriptions from your GP practice, there is no need to visit his clinic just to collect your paper prescription. Instead, your GP practice will send your prescriptions electronically to the pharmacy, saving you time.
You can choose a pharmacy that is near to your home. You do not require waiting for a longer duration in the pharmacy store, as there will be more time for a pharmacist to dispense your repeat prescriptions.
Is EPS the right service for you?
The NHS Electronic Prescription Service is right for you if you suffer from a stable condition and you –
- want to avoid going to your GP practice every time to collect a paper prescription
- get your medicines from the same pharmacy at all times
- already use the prescription collection service
The EPS is not the right service if you:
- do not get prescriptions very often
- collect your medicines from different pharmacies
- travel a lot away from home
How to use the NHS Electronic Prescription Service
First, you need to choose the pharmacy so that GP practice can send your prescriptions electronically. This is called “nomination”. You can nominate a pharmacy, a dispensing appliance contractor, or even a dispensing GP practice.
Can I change or cancel my nomination?
Yes, you can change or cancel nomination at any time, but after speaking to your GP practice and pharmacist. The nomination is flexible and can be changed or cancelled if you are not happy with the service. Before cancelling the nomination, you must inform your GP practice and pharmacy; if you fail to do so, your prescription will be sent to the wrong place.
You do not have to nominate every time. If you do not want to use the NHS Electronic Prescription Service, you can ask your GP practice to provide you a paper prescription.