Wargrave update on Electronic Prescription service (EPS)

The surgery will be launching the EPS facility to all patients in the New Year,

Before we apply this function to patient records, we will need to know where you wish the surgery to send your prescription.

This can be done via the surgery website, please use the link below:

Electronic Prescription Service | The Wargrave Surgery

How the process works

Most prescriptions are now signed, sent, and processed electronically.

You have 2 choices for how this works.

  • You can choose a pharmacy or dispenser to dispense all your prescriptions. When you get a prescription, it will be sent electronically to the dispenser you have chosen. You can collect your medicines or appliances without having to hand in a paper prescription.
  • You can decide each time you are issued a prescription where you would like it to be dispensed. When you are issued a prescription, you will be given a paper copy that you can take to any pharmacy or other dispenser in England. The paper copy will contain a unique barcode that will be scanned to download your prescription from the secure NHS database.

Paper prescriptions will continue to be available in special circumstances, but almost all prescriptions will be processed electronically.

Choosing a pharmacy or other dispenser

If you get regular prescriptions or are already using a prescription collection service (where a pharmacy collects prescriptions from your GP practice for you) then choosing a pharmacy to dispense all your prescriptions may save you time by avoiding unnecessary trips to your GP.

You will still order your repeat prescriptions in the same way as you do now, but your prescriptions will be sent electronically to the pharmacy or dispenser of your choice.

You will not have to collect a paper repeat prescription from your GP practice.

Cancelling or changing your choice of pharmacist or dispenser

You can change or cancel your choice of dispenser at any time. Simply speak to your GP or pharmacist before you order your next prescription.

You should allow time for the update to take place to avoid your next prescription being sent to the wrong place.

Prescription postal companies

Who is it suitable for?

Prescription postal companies works with GP surgeries in England where you can get electronic prescriptions.

This is suitable for people who get a repeat prescription and are looking for the convenience of free delivery. Some companies can deliver medicines that need to be kept chilled (cold chain) and some controlled medicines.

How does it work?

To start using a prescription postal service, you will need to sign up on company the website or using the app on your mobile device.

Once you are signed up:

  • select the GP in England you’re registered with
  • request your medicine prescription, which the postal company will confirm with the GP

The prescription postal companies’ team of pharmacists will dispense and deliver your medicine securely to any UK address, keeping you updated every step of the way.

Most medicine deliveries should fit into a standard-sized letterbox.

Some bulkier medicines will not be able to fit. Prescription postal companies can deliver these to any address in the UK (your home, work, or to a carer or a neighbour) or to a number of local collection points across the UK.

All packaging is tamper-proof and unmarked, making sure your medicine stays out of harm’s way.

Prescription postal companies works in the same way as other pharmacies dispensing NHS prescriptions and they cover all postage charges, meaning there’s no extra charge to you or the NHS.