Electronic Repeat Dispensing (eRD)
You might be suitable for electronic Repeat Dispensing (eRD) if you get regular or repeat medicines that don't change. eRD means your GP can send your regular or repeat prescriptions electronically to a pharmacy of your choice
You can then collect your medication from your pharmacy, or ask them to deliver it to your home
eRD allows your GP to send a series of repeat prescriptions to your pharmacy in one go, so there's no need for you to order them each time, until your next review
It’s reliable, secure and confidential. Your regular prescriptions are stored securely on the NHS database, so they'll be ready at the pharmacy each time you need them
If your prescriber thinks that you could use electronic repeat prescriptions for your regular medicines, they will ask you for permission to share information about your treatment with your pharmacist. This will help your pharmacist to give your prescriber feedback about your treatment & provide you with useful advice
Your GP or prescriber will then authorise a number of electronic repeat prescriptions. This will be based on your circumstances & clinical need. These electronic repeat prescriptions will then be supplied to you by your pharmacy at regular intervals
Collect your first electronic repeat prescription from your pharmacy
When you need more medicines, go back to your pharmacy. Before dispensing the next issue of your prescription, your pharmacy will ask:
- have you seen any health professionals (GP, nurse or hospital doctor), since your last repeat prescription was supplied?
- have you recently started taking any new medicines - either on prescription or that you have bought over the counter?
- have you been having any problems with your medication or experiencing any side effects?
- are there any items on your repeat prescription that you don't need this month?
If you don't need all of the medicines on your prescription, let the pharmacy staff know, so that they only supply the medicines you need. This will help to reduce waste & save the NHS money
When your pharmacy supplies your final electronic repeat prescription in the series that your GP has authorised, they will advise you to contact your GP practice. Please complete an Online Medication Review