Electronic repeat dispensing (eRD) is an important part of the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS). For patients who regularly take the same medicine, it means you won’t have to visit your GP practice every time you need a repeat prescription - giving you peace of mind in the process.
According to the NHS, two-thirds of prescriptions issued in primary care are repeat prescriptions, accounting for nearly 80% of NHS medicine costs for primary care. 410 million repeat prescriptions are generated every year. That’s equivalent to an average of more than 375 per GP per week.
It is estimated that up to 80% (330 million items) of all repeat prescriptions could eventually be replaced with eRD. All in all, it’s thought that this could save 2.7 million hours of GP and practice time.
To be eligible for the eRD, you’ll first need to give your consent for repeat dispensing. This can be verbal or written.
Once you have been identified as suitable for eRD, the process works in the following steps:
eRD brings benefits both for prescribers and patients. For prescribers, it simplifies the whole process, cuts down on paper volume, and reduces footfall at GP practices. For patients, eRD makes it easier to control supply and reduces the need to contact the surgery for non-urgent medication queries.
LloydsDirect fully supports this functionality. We will inform you if we receive an eRD/RDS prescription and you will be able to request the dispensing of this directly on your medicines tab!
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