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Electronic Repeat Dispensing

The NHS and medical centre are always looking at ways to improve the patient experience and reduce the time that GP’s and administration staff have to spend authorising the issue of regular repeat medication. This frees up time and resources to allow us to see more patients in a timely manner.

We have identified that you use the same medicines regularly; you will be able to benefit from using the NHS Electronic Repeat Dispensing (eRD) service. This means you won’t have to re-order or collect your repeat prescriptions for your regular medicines from your GP practice every time you need more medicine. If you have other medication used as and when required, you will have to order these separately.

How does eRD work?


eRD is a process that allows a patient to obtain repeated supplies of their medication or appliances without the need for the prescriber to hand sign authorised repeat prescriptions each time. eRD allows the prescriber to authorise and issue a batch of repeat prescriptions electronically until the patient needs to be reviewed.

When a prescriber issues an eRD prescriptioneach prescription contains:


 the intended interval between each issue of the repeatable prescription; and
 how many times the repeatable prescription can be issued.


The prescriptions are then made available electronically for dispensing at the specified interval (usually 28 days) by the patient’s nominated pharmacy. Should you choose to opt out of this service please contact the practice administration team to indicate that you do not wish to continue with eRD.

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