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Prescribers asked to move more patients to electronic prescribing

By Beth Kennedy
7 April 2020

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How the NHS electronic prescription service is working for GPs 

A letter from NHS England, sent on 27 March, said –

In line with previous advice, it is essential that GPs do not issue prescriptions for a longer duration, to avoid disruption to supply.

Electronic prescription service (EPS) nominations have increased by over 525,000 in the last week. This is good news, but practices are encouraged to continue to promote usage and where appropriate, move patients to electronic repeat dispensing.

A variety of online reordering mechanisms for repeat medications is also available for patients to use.

TPP sites are also now able to activate EPS Phase 4 functionality to allow prescriptions for non-nominated patients to be sent electronically. Further information is available at:

We are working with the suppliers to accelerate the deployment of EPS for GP hubs. Further information will be made available in due course.

Source: NHS England, Preparedness update letter for general practice: 27 March 2020 [published 27 March] 

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