IMPORTANT CHANGE TO NHS PRESCRIPTIONS SERVICE AT CHILCOTE SURGERY
From 11 Nov 2014, your GP would like to send all prescriptions electronically to your nominated Pharmacy.
What is the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS)?
Over 1.5 million prescriptions are printed every day in England alone. EPS offers a reliable, secure and confidential alternative to printing. It gives you the chance to change how your GP sends your prescriptions to the Pharmacist you choose to get your medication or appliances from.
What does this mean for you?
• If you currently collect your prescriptions from your GP, you will not have to visit your GP practice to pick up your paper prescriptions. Instead, your GP will send them electronically to the Pharmacy, saving you time and saving paper/printing.
• You can choose where to get your medication from because it can be collected from a Pharmacy near where you live, work or shop.
• You may also not have to wait as long at the Pharmacy as there will be more time for your prescriptions to be prepared.
Is this service right for you?
YES – if you have a stable condition and you:
• Don’t want to go to your GP practice every time to collect your prescriptions
• Collect your medicines from the same place most of the time
• Already use a prescription collection service.
NO – if you:
• Don’t get prescriptions very often
• Pick up your medicines from different places
• Travel or work away from home a lot.
How can you use EPS?
You need to choose where you want your GP to send your electronic prescriptions. This is called ‘nomination’. You can choose:
• A pharmacy
• A dispensing appliance contractor (if you use one)
Can I change my pharmacy nomination or cancel it and get a paper prescription?
Yes you can. Nomination is very flexible and can be changed or cancelled at any time. You can do this by either:
• Asking a member of staff at any pharmacy or dispensing appliance contractor that offers the EPS service.
• Asking a member of staff at your GP practice.
• Tell them before your prescription is due or your prescription might be sent to the wrong place.
• You don’t have to use nomination on every occasion. If you don’t wish to, you should let your GP practice know that you prefer a paper prescription.
Pick up a form from Reception to nominate your pharmacy.