Repeat Prescriptions

If you get regular prescriptions, the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) may be able to save you time by avoiding unnecessary trips to your GP.

EPS makes it possible for your prescriptions to be sent electronically to the pharmacy or dispenser of your choice. 

Choosing a pharmacy or dispensing appliance contractor to process your EPS prescription is called nomination. This means you’ll no longer have to collect a paper repeat prescription from your GP practice – instead, you can go straight to the nominated pharmacy or dispensing appliance contractor to pick up your medicines or medical appliances.

Because your pharmacist has already received your electronic prescription, they may be able to prepare your items in advance, so you just have to pick it up with no extra wait. However, this depends on the capacity of pharmacists on the day, and may not be possible all the time.

You may be able to order or cancel your repeat prescriptions online.

Electronic Repeat Dispensing – eRD

If you get regular or repeat prescriptions, you could save time by switching to electronic
Repeat Dispensing (eRD).

eRD sends your prescriptions electronically from your GP surgery to a pharmacy of your
choice. It’s easy to use and you don’t need a computer or electronic device. Ask your GP or
pharmacist to set it up for you.

eRD allows your GP to prescribe your regular medicines for up to a year. It’s reliable, secure
and confidential. Your regular prescriptions are stored securely on the NHS database, so
they’ll be ready at the pharmacy each time you need them.

Using eRD you can:

• save time by avoiding unnecessary trips or calls to your GP every time you need to
order a repeat prescription
• order or cancel your repeat prescriptions online (if your GP practice offers this
service)
• pick up your repeat prescriptions directly from your pharmacy without having to visit
your GP
• spend less time waiting for your prescription in the pharmacy or GP practice
• save paper – you won’t need a paper prescription to collect your medicine from the
pharmacy

For more information about eRD and how it works, ask at your GP surgery or pharmacy, or
visit the NHS website: www.nhs.uk/eRD