Patients in Wolverhampton are able to benefit from a free NHS service that reduces the need to visit the GP surgery just to collect a paper prescription.
The Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) has already been introduced at a 36 GP surgeries across the city. It means a patient can choose for their prescriptions to be securely sent electronically from their GP to a pharmacy or dispensing appliance contractor of their choice.
Benefits to patients include:
- Choosing a pharmacy that is most convenient to you, such as one near work, home or the weekly shop.
- No trips to the GP practice just to collect prescriptions, which will especially help those who receive repeat prescriptions.
- Shorter waits at the pharmacy, as prescriptions can be prepared in advance.
Dr Helen Hibbs, Chief Officer, Wolverhampton CCG, said: “Electronic prescriptions are far more reliable, secure and confidential compared to paper or fax prescriptions.
“They offer patients medication safety as there is less room for error, as an electronic prescription will be seen by the same people in GP practices, pharmacies and NHS prescription payment.
“Patients wishing to use EPS should to talk to their pharmacy or GP and nominate the pharmacy or dispensing appliance contractor (DAC) that they wish to use. Those wishing to continue with paper prescriptions do not need to do anything.”