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Electronic Prescription Service

Why not nominate your local pharmacy to take advantage of the new Electronic Prescription Service

If you decide to activate it, your repeat prescriptions will get automatically sent electronically to your nominated pharmacy of choice as soon as they are signed off by the doctor, potentially saving a significant amount of time and providing peace of mind. A lot of pharmacies only collect paper prescriptions from us daily at most and a few less local ones do not collect at all, risking prescriptions getting delayed or mislaid in the post.

You can change or remove your nomination at any time, making it particularly flexible if for example you ended up being away from home for a period of time. You can also request a paper copy of your prescription at any point.

Prescriptions that you have already arranged to be delivered to your chemist will be automatically sent electronically (if he/she supports the service) to improve speed and accuracy of transfer. If you wish to opt out, please contact Reception

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Pharmacies will not have access to any additional personal data than is already held on their system and paper prescriptions and the prescriptions are sent using NHS specific secure connections. Also there is a capacity for us to add printed notes to the counterfoils, explaining more clearly when and why items may be due review. If you need an up to date repeat card to remind yourself regarding medication to order, you can request that from your local pharmacy at any time.

You can nominate your local pharmacy in several ways- either through requesting when in surgery or through asking your pharmacy direct, and it will only take you a matter of minutes to do so. Nominate now to make sure you can take advantage of the service as soon as it goes live.

If you have an existing Repeat Dispensing arrangement with your pharmacy (e.g. when batches of scripts for weekly blisters are printed and sent to the pharmacy in advance) please note when each batch is issued a paper token still needs to be transferred to the pharmacy in the usual way. However the individual prescriptions can be sent electronically and also partially cancelled/adjusted after issue making electronic repeat dispensing far more flexible that the fully paper process. This means that the number of times a year a batch needs to be issued is likely to be less, saving yourself, the pharmacy and the doctor significant time. 

Please note that controlled drugs (e.g. morphine and temazepam) cannot be sent through the Electronic Prescription Service at present. If you still want to use the service but require controlled drugs as part of your regular prescription, you can still take part but the controlled drug items will have to be sent separately in paper form through the standard courier service to the pharmacy.


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