EPS enables prescribers - such as GPs and practice nurses - to send prescriptions electronically to a dispenser (such as a pharmacy) of the patient's choice. This makes the prescribing and dispensing process more efficient and convenient for patients and staff.
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 place you choose, saving you time.
The prescription is an electronic message so there is no paper prescription to lose.
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.
If the prescription needs to be cancelled the GP can electronically cancel and issue a new prescriptionwithout 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.
You can get all these benefits if you:
- don't want to go to your GP practice every time to collect your repeat prescription
- collect your medicines from the same place most of the time
- use a prescription collection service now.
You will not get as many benefits, if you:
- don't get prescriptions very often or
- pick up your medicines from different places.
Ask at the surgery or at any pharmacy to add your nomination for you. You don’t need a computer to do this.
You can change your nomination or cancel it and get a paper prescription anytime.
EPS is RELIABLE, SECURE and CONFIDENTIAL.
Download the patient information summary sheet to learn more:
EPS patient information