Helping the roll-out of Schedule 2 & 3 Controlled Drugs in EPS in Surrey and Sussex

Helping the roll-out of Schedule 2 & 3 Controlled Drugs in EPS in Surrey and Sussex

March 20, 2019

The national roll out of controlled drugs (CDs) in EPS for EMIS Web users will take place between 25 March and 8 April.

The roll out to SystmOne and Vision completed on 11 March and all GP practices using these systems are now live with CDs functionality.

The number of CD prescriptions Community Pharmacists receive via EPS will continue to increase as more GP practices have the functionality switched on.

CPSS is helping community pharmacy contractors in Surrey and Sussex understand the implications of these new ways of working. CEO, James Wood said:

“It is important that all staff working in community pharmacy, including locums, are aware of the roll out and are prepared to dispense an electronic prescription for a controlled drug.

“If you receive a prescription for a Schedule 2 or 3 CD via EPS, you should dispense it as you would any other electronic prescription. Processing Schedule 2 & 3 CDs electronically using EPS will make the process safer and more secure”.

He added that community pharmacists may find it useful to check when the GP practices local to them are going live by checking the roll out schedule.

As patients can nominate any EPS Release 2 enabled pharmacy in England, Community Pharmacy could receive an electronic CD prescription at any time, even if there are no GP practices close to you with CD functionality enabled. GP practices taking part in the EPS Phase 4 pilot will prescribe CDs electronically both for patients with nominations and for those without (on Phase 4 tokens).

For more information and best practice guidance, visit the NHS Digital website.

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