Repeat prescriptions account for approximately two thirds of all items dispensed in community pharmacy. The repeat dispensing service enables you to dispense regular medicines to suitable patients who have been issued batch prescriptions without the involvement of the GP practice at the point of dispensing.
Under the repeat dispensing service pharmacy teams:
- Dispense repeat dispensing prescriptions issued by a GP.
- Ensure that each repeat supply is required.
- Seek to ascertain that there is no reason why the patient should be referred back to their GP.
Originally this service was mainly carried out using paper prescriptions, but as the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) has developed, the majority of repeat dispensing is now carried out via EPS release 2 and is termed electronic Repeat Dispensing (eRD). eRD is much more efficient and convenient for all involved.