Electronic Prescribing (EPS)
How does it work?
- If you collect repeat prescriptions you will not have to visit your GP practice just to pick up your paper prescription. Instead, your GP will send the prescription electronically to the pharmacy of your choice, saving you time.
- The prescription is an electronic message so there is no paper prescription to lose. The system reduces prescription fraud and duplicate dispensing.
- You will have more choice about where to get your medicines from because they can be collected from a pharmacy near to where you live, work or shop. Or you can choose an online pharmacy, who will deliver your medication.
- If the prescription needs to be cancelled the GP can electronically cancel and issue a new prescription without you having to return to the practice – saving you extra trips.
- You may not have to wait as long at the pharmacy as your repeat prescriptions can be made ready before you arrive.
Prescriptions will still take 48 hours to be processed and sent to your nominated pharmacy.
What do you have to do now?
You need to decide who your nominated pharmacy is - once you have made that decision, inform the pharmacy of your choice and they can add this to your electronic prescribing record. This will ensure that all prescriptions which are eligible for electronic prescribing (most medications when your medication review is up to date) will be sent straight from the practice to your pharmacy.
Electronic Prescribing Leaflet
Prescriptions Charges and Exemptions
Extensive exemption and remission arrangements protect those likely to have difficulty in paying charges (NHS prescription and dental charges, optical and hospital travel costs).
The NHS prescription charge is a flat-rate amount which successive Governments have thought it reasonable to charge for those who can afford to pay for their medicines. Prescription prepayment certificates (PPCs) offer real savings for people who need extensive medication.
These charges apply in England only. In Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales prescriptions are free of charge.
- Prescription (per item): £8.05
- 12-month prepayment certificate (PPC): £104.00
If you will have to pay for four or more prescription items in three months, or more than 15 items in 12 months, you may find it cheaper to buy a PPC.
- Telephone advice and order line 0845 850 0030
There is further information about prescription exemptions and fees on the NHS website