Electronic Prescription Service
Lechlade Medical Centre introduced the NHS Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) during May 2015 and we believe this to be of real benefit to many of our patients.
The practice has always sent paper prescriptions to certain local pharmacies to save our patients the inconvenience of having to collect their prescription from the reception desk and take it to the pharmacy themselves.
Some patients have preferred to collect their prescription so that they can take it to a pharmacy close to where they live, work or shop. This is no longer necessary as your GP can create your prescription in the form of an electronic message which he or she can send to any pharmacy, online pharmacy service or dispensing appliance contractor.
Is this service right for you?
You are likely to find the new service helpful if you have a stable condition and tend to use the same pharmacy from one month to the next.
It is unlikely to be suitable if you only have an occasional prescription or switch between pharmacies.
How can you use EPS?
All you need to do is ask any participating pharmacy, online pharmacy service or dispensing appliance contractor (if you use one), to record your nomination. Our reception desk or your GP can do this for you as well. You do not need your own computer.
Can I change my nomination or cancel it and get a paper prescription?
If you decide you would prefer a paper prescription, all you need to do is ask your GP. If you want to change or cancel your nomination, ask any participating pharmacy, online pharmacy service or dispensing appliance contractor (if you use one), to record or cancel your nomination. Tell them before your next prescription is due or your prescription may be sent to the wrong place.
Is EPS reliable, secure and confidential?
Your electronic prescription will be seen by the same people in pharmacies and NHS prescription payment agencies that see your paper prescription now.
Sometimes dispensers may see that you have nominated another dispenser. For example, if you forget who you have nominated and ask them to check or, if you have nominated more than one dispenser. Dispensers will also see all the items on your reorder slip if you are on repeat prescriptions.