GP practices in East Sussex joining EPS Phase 4 pilot

GP practices in East Sussex joining EPS Phase 4 pilot

January 18, 2019

All dispensers need to be aware that they could now receive EPS Phase 4 tokens from patients.

Some GP practices can now use EPS for patients without a nomination, with patients receiving a Phase 4 token with a scannable barcode instead of a signed FP10. All four GP system suppliers have developed Phase 4 functionality and began piloting at GP practices in November 2018.

Additional practices, including one in Brighton and another in Seaford, have now joined the pilot too.

It is important that all staff in your pharmacy, including locums, are aware of the pilot.

Although the pilot sites are in specific areas, patients can choose to take their token to any pharmacy in England.

If you receive a Phase 4 token, you should scan the barcode and dispense it as you would any other electronic prescription.

As with all EPS prescriptions, dispense notifications and endorsements need to be added to the electronic prescription using your pharmacy system. Endorsements written or printed onto any type of EPS token will not be processed by the NHS Business Services Authority.

Following a successful pilot, EPS Phase 4 will be made available to all GP practices.

Read more about what EPS Phase 4 means for dispensers on the NHS Digital website.

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