If you are on regular medication, you require repeat prescriptions issued by your GP practice so that you can show them to collect your medicines. For a safe, discreet and speedy service, repeat prescriptions have become computerised.
Thanks to the NHS Electronic Prescription Service (EPS), your GP will be able to send your repeat prescription online to the pharmacy of your choice. This means you do not have to visit your GO just to pick up a paper prescription. In fact, your medicines are dispensed and kept for collection before even you step into the store.
The most important aspect of EPS is the nomination. You need to nominate a pharmacy to make the best use of the online repeat prescription service. You can ask your pharmacist or GP to understand about the process of nomination. Once you nominate a pharmacy, the pharmacist will collect your repeat prescription online so that he can dispense your medicines and keep them ready for collection.
Some pharmacies – such as PharmacyOutlet – offer free delivery to the address of your choice, saving you time. With an online pharmacy, you can easily order your repeat prescription online without even leaving your home.
The EPS enables your GP to send your prescriptions to your nominated pharmacy electronically, saving you time and reducing the risk of losing paper prescriptions. Your nomination is necessary to get started with the Electronic or Repeat Prescription Service.
What’s more, pharmacies offer a free reminder service after the nomination. This service allows the pharmacy to send you an email about your next prescription due, which will help you to order your repeat prescription online before nearing the end of your current supply.
It is important that you give some time to your GP and pharmacy to process a repeat prescription. It may take up to 48 hours to process your repeat prescription. Hence, most pharmacies request patients to order their repeat medications a week before running out of supply.
If you are new to the EPS, please call 03333 222 400, a pharmacy professional is waiting on the other side to make you understand the process of this NHS service.