Electronic Prescription Service (EPS)

eps_logo200x150Beacon Medical Practice has introduced the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) and will enable electronic prescriptions to be generated by your GP or Nurse Practitioner (NP), then transmitted, received and dispensed by the pharmacy of your choice. This makes the prescribing and dispensing process more efficient and convenient for patients and staff. EPS enables the NHS to move away from a traditional paper-based system to a modern electronic one. The use of the electronic system will improve accuracy and aid more security as prescription information will not need to be entered by both your GP and your pharmacist, as it will be downloaded directly to the dispensing computer.

 

If you sign up for EPS you will no longer get a green prescription when your GP or NP prescribes you medication. Also if you order repeat medication you will not have to come in and collect your prescription from the surgery. Instead your prescription will be sent electronically and securely to a pharmacy of YOUR choice.

You simply go straight to the chemist to collect your medication without having to come into the surgery.

FAQs – FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

What does this mean for you?

If you get a repeat prescription, you will not have to spend your time going to your GP practice each time to pick up your paper prescription. Instead your GP will send it automatically to the place you choose, with less chance of it getting lost.Nearly all pharmacies will be connected to the service, so you will be able to get your medicines from any pharmacy you choose – whether it’s near home, work or the shops. You may not have to wait as long for your prescription items, as often there will be time to get your repeat prescription items ready before you arrive. If any of the medicines on your prescription are out of stock when the pharmacist receives your prescription, they can be ordered in ready for you.

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 repeat prescription.
  • collect your medicines from the same place most of the time.
  • use a prescription collection service now.

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 do I use the Electronic Prescription Service?

You need to choose a place for your GP practice to electronically send your prescription to. This is called nomination. You can choose:

  • a pharmacy.
  • a dispensing appliance contractor (if you use one).
  • your dispensing GP practice.

Places which offer this service will display an ‘Electronic Prescription Service’ sign in their window:

A full list of pharmacies who are offering electronic prescriptions is listed on NHS Choices Website You will see ‘Electronic Prescription Service Available here’ next to the name of the pharmacy listed.

Ask any pharmacy or dispensing appliance contractor that offers EPS or your GP practice to add your nomination for you. You don’t need a computer to do this.

What happens once I have nominated?

Your GP will send all your future prescriptions electronically to the place you have nominated. By giving a short period of notice, you can simply change or cancel your choice at any time. See ‘How do I use the Electronic Prescription Service?’ above.

Can I change my nomination or cancel it and get a paper prescription?

Yes you can. If you don’t want your prescription to be sent electronically tell your GP. If you want to cancel your nomination speak to your pharmacist, dispensing appliance contractor or GP. If you want to change your nomination, speak to you new pharmacist, dispensing contractor or your GP. Tell them before your next prescription is due or your prescription may be sent to the wrong place.

What if I already use a prescription collection service?

Nomination works in a similar way to a prescription collection service where the pharmacy collects your prescription for you.The main difference with nomination is that your prescription will be sent electronically and you don’t have to choose a place that is near to your GP practice .

What happens if I choose not to nominate?

Nothing, you will continue to get paper prescriptions as you do now.

Is EPS reliable, secure and confidential?

Yes. Your electronic prescription will be seen by the same people in GP practices, pharmacies and NHS prescription payment and fraud agencies that see your paper prescription now. Sometimes dispensers may see that you have nominated another dispenser. For example, if you forget who you have nominated and ask them to check or, if you have nominated more than one dispenser.

More information

More information about The Electronic Prescription Service is available from your local pharmacy, GP surgery or on-line at:www.connectingforhealth.nhs.uk/eps

LOCAL PHARMACIES CONNECTED TO ELECTRONIC PRESCRIPTION SERVICE:

 Pharmacy  Address Opening Times
Beacon Pharmacy Skegness Road

Ingoldmells

Skegness

Lincolnshire

PE25 1JL

Tel: 01754 768583

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

08:00 – 22:00

08:00 – 22:00

08:00 – 22:00

08:00 – 22:00

08:00 – 22:00

08:00 – 23:00

08:00 – 23:00

Boots Pharmacy Churchill Avenue

Skegness

PE25 2AN

Tel: 01754 765615

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

08:30 – 18:00

08:30 – 18:00

08:30 – 18:00

08:30 – 18:00

08:30 – 18:00

08:30 – 12:00

Closed

Boots Pharmacy 58-64 Lumley Road

Skegness

PE25 3NG

Tel: 01754 763293

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

08:30 – 17:30

08:30 – 17:30

08:30 – 17:30

08:30 – 17:30

08:30 – 17:30

08:30 – 17:30

10:00 – 16:00

Lloyds Pharmacy 111 West Street

Alford

Lincolnshire

LN13 9DJ

Tel: 01507 463298

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

09:00 – 18:30

09:00 – 18:30

09:00 – 18:30

09:00 – 18:30

09:00 – 18:30

09:00 – 17:30

Closed

Morrisons Pharmacy Wainfleet Road

Skegness

PE25 3QT

Tel: 01754 768912

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

08:00 – 20:00

08:00 – 20:00

08:00 – 20:00

08:00 – 21:00

08:00 – 21:00

08:00 – 20:00

10:00 – 16:00

Rowlands Pharmacy  Hawthorn Road

Skegness

Lincolnshire

PE25 3TD

Tel: 01754 767312

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

08:30 – 18:00

08:30 – 18:00

08:30 – 18:00

08:30 – 18:00

08:30 – 18:00

Closed

Closed

Sit Chapel Pharmacy Marine Pullover

Chapel St.Leonards

Skegness

Lincolnshire

PE24 5TB

Tel: 01754 872258

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

09:00 – 18:00

09:00 – 18:00

09:00 – 18:00

09:00 – 18:00

09:00 – 18:00

Closed

Closed

Sit Ingoldmells Pharmacy High Street

Ingoldmells

Skegness

Lincolnshire

PE25 1NS

Tel: 01754 872611

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

09:00 – 18:00

09:00 – 18:00

09:00 – 18:00

09:00 – 18:00

09:00 – 18:00

Closed

Closed

Wainfleet Pharmacy 3 High Street

Wainfleet All Saints

Skegness

Lincolnshire

PE24 4BS

Tel: 01754 880251

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

09:00 – 18:00

09:00 – 18:00

09:00 – 18:00

09:00 – 13:30

09:00 – 18:00

09:00 – 12:30

Closed

Whitworth Chemists 12 Roman Bank

Skegness

Lincolnshire

PE25 2RU

Tel: 01754 765715

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

09:00 – 17:30

09:00 – 17:30

09:00 – 17:30

09:00 – 17:30

09:00 – 17:30

Closed

Closed