Save yourself a trip to the GP practice by getting your prescriptions sent via the electronic prescribing service (EPS).
You will still order your repeat prescriptions in the same way as you do now, but the service allows your GP to send your prescription(s) electronically to your chosen pharmacy for collection.
How do I sign up for EPS?
Please nominate your chosen pharmacy on the NHS App, Patient Access or call the practice.
You have two options:
You can choose a pharmacy or dispenser to dispense all your prescriptions - when you get a prescription, it will be sent electronically to the dispenser you have chosen. You can collect your medicines or appliances without having to hand in a paper prescription.
You can decide each time you are issued a prescription where you would like it to be dispensed - when you are issued a prescription, you will be given a paper copy that you can take to any pharmacy or other dispenser in England. The paper copy will contain a unique barcode that will be scanned to download your prescription from the secure NHS database.
Phase 4 of EPS allows prescriptions for patients without an EPS nomination to be signed, sent and processed electronically. NHS Digital piloted Phase 4 at GP practices and dispensers across England from November 2018, and the national roll-out started in November 2019.
Paper prescriptions will continue to be available in special circumstances, but almost all prescriptions will be processed electronically.
Patients without an EPS nomination will be given a token (patients may refer to this as a paper copy of their prescription) to present at a community pharmacy or Dispensing Appliance Contractor (DAC) to obtain their medication. This token will contain a unique barcode which can be scanned at any community pharmacy or DAC in England to download the prescription from the NHS Spine and retrieve the medication details.