Electronic Prescribing Improvements
On February 5th we are ‘going live’ with Phase 4 of the Electronic Prescribing System (EPS). This means that almost all of our prescriptions will be processed electronically, which will help save the NHS money. If you already have a Nominated Pharmacy then nothing will change. However if have not yet chosen a regular Nominated Pharmacy, then instead of receiving a green paper prescription signed by your Doctor, you will receive a Token with a bar code on it. You can take this Token to any Pharmacy of your choice, as with your paper prescription, and the Pharmacy will then scan the bar code and obtain your prescription electronically from where it has been stored.
If agreed by the doctor, you may obtain repeat prescriptions by presenting your repeat prescription form at reception, but please allow 48 hours for collection. Alternatively, you may send your request by post, enclosing a stamped, addressed envelope.
Requests can also be submitted online via the link at the top of this page.
For the most efficient and simplest way to request your repeat medication please use our GP online services. To access the on-line service a registration form needs to be completed, which is available at reception and some form of identification needs to be shown for security purposes. Click here for GP online services
Unfortunately, telephone requests for prescriptions cannot be accepted, as errors can result.
Patients on repeat medication will be asked to see a doctor, nurse practitioner or practice nurse at least once a year to review these regular medications and notification should appear on your repeat slip.
Please ensure that you book an appropriate appointment to avoid unnecessary delays to further prescriptions.
How convenient would it be if you were able to come to the doctors once and collect enough prescriptions to last up to one year?
It is not appropriate for everyone; this service is available to some of our patients but only under certain circumstances.
You need to be:
- On one or two long term regular medicines
- Be stable on this medication e.g. it doesn't need regularly changing
- Use the same Pharmacist to collect your medicine
- Have your Doctors agreement to join this scheme
How it works...
- Ask your prescriber e.g. Doctor or Nurse if this system is suitable for you
- Sign or verbally agree consent
- Tell us which pharmacy you are using
- The prescriber then gives you an Authorisation prescription and a quantity of Repeat Dispensing prescriptions or this can be sent electronically to the Chemist
- Each time you need more medicine - you simply go to your pharmacist to collect more
- When you have used the last issued repeat dispensing prescription - make an appointment to come back and see the doctor.