Electronic Prescription Service Phase 4
We are upgrading to the next phase of the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) which will mean that almost all our prescriptions will be processed electronically from 20th January 2020
Electronic prescriptions help save the NHS money.
You will receive your prescriptions in the same way as you do now.
Read more about EPS on the NHS website.
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.
The roll out of Phase 4 to GP practices in England started in November 2019, making EPS the default method for prescribing, dispensing and reimbursement of prescriptions in primary care in England.
EPS currently allows prescribers to send prescriptions electronically to a dispenser of the patient's choice - known as their "nominated" dispenser. Electronic prescriptions currently account for around 70% of all prescriptions issued in England (September 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.
Available for Purchase (Self Care)
Electronic Repeat Dispensing