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Electronic Prescribing – Update August 2020

Coming soon, Phase 4 of the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS). Phase 4 of EPS allows prescriptions for patients without an EPS nomination to be signed, sent and processed electronically, 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.

Patients without an EPS nomination are 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.

Paper prescriptions will continue to be available in special circumstances, but almost all prescriptions can be processed electronically.