NHS Repeat Prescriptions
What are NHS Repeat Prescriptions?
Repeat prescriptions are used when your doctor wants to prescribe medicine that needs to be taken on an ongoing basis. While one-off “acute” prescriptions are employed for conditions that should clear up after treatment (such as antibiotics for an infection), repeat prescriptions are typically used for long term conditions that require ongoing management such as diabetes, COPD and high blood pressure.
Repeat prescriptions differ from acute prescriptions in that, after your GP has first prescribed your medicines, you can request future instalments of medication without having to attend an appointment in person.
How do I order my repeat prescriptions?
With Now Patient it is a simple matter to order your NHS repeat prescriptions. Once you have downloaded the app and registered, your prescriptions will be automatically uploaded to the app.
All you then need to do is head to the “NHS Repeat Prescriptions” section in the app, tap the medicines you wish to order and then tell us where you want them delivered. The order will then be automatically sent to your GP for approval. Once approval is complete we will dispense and dispatch your items immediately.
What is the NHS Electronic Prescription Service (EPS)?
The Electronic Prescription Service is an NHS system that allows GPs to send your prescriptions to the pharmacy of your choice. Practically, it means that you are no longer tied to the pharmacy that your GP wants you to use. You can use any pharmacy to dispense your medicines including online ones like Now Patient. It is also paperless so you don’t have to worry about losing your prescription and having to go back to the doctor to get a replacement.