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If you have travelled from China or have been in contact with someone confirmed as having Coronavirus in the last two weeks, you may be at risk of Coronavirus. Please do NOT leave the house. Instead, ring 111 if:

  • You have been in China in the last 14 days and develop cough, fever or shortness of breath; or

  • You have been in Wuhan or Hubei Province in the last 14 days or have been in contact with someone confirmed as having Coronavirus, even if you feel well

Prescribing options

When offered a prescription from your clinician, the following options will be available:

  • You receive a prescription form, and take this to a pharmacist for the medication to be dispensed.
  • If you have nominated a local pharmacy of your choice, then an electronic prescription will be sent at the end of your consultation. This is real time, so there is no delay in the pharmacist getting this request. As such, by the time you attend the pharmacy they will have received this electronic prescription. See below for more information.

Electronic Prescription Service (EPS)

If you get regular prescriptions, the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) may be able to save you time by avoiding unnecessary trips to your GP. EPS makes it possible for your prescriptions to be sent electronically to the pharmacy or dispenser of your choice. 

Choosing a pharmacy or dispensing appliance contractor to process your EPS prescription is called nomination. This means you'll no longer have to collect a paper repeat prescription from your GP practice. Instead, you can go straight to the nominated pharmacy or dispensing appliance contractor to pick up your medicines or medical appliances.

Because your pharmacist has already received your electronic prescription, they may be able to prepare your items in advance, so you just have to pick it up with no extra wait, but this depends on the capacity of pharmacists on the day and may not be possible all the time.

For more information, download the EPS patient information leaflet (PDF, 52.8kb) or watch What is EPS? on the EPS YouTube channel.

Prescriptions Charges and Exemptions

Prescriptions Charges and Exemptions

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