Electronic repeat dispensing (eRD) is an integral part of EPS, which offers many extra benefits over paper repeat dispensing and repeat prescribing.
- two-thirds of prescriptions issued in primary care are repeat prescriptions. These repeat prescriptions account for nearly 80 per cent of NHS medicine costs for primary care
- 410 million repeat prescriptions are generated every year – equivalent to an average of more than 375 per GP per week
- it’s estimated that up to 330 million, or 80 per cent, of all repeat prescriptions could eventually be replaced with eRD
- this could save 2.7 million hours of GP and practice time
NHS Digital have recently published an Electronic Repeat Dispensing Toolkit, available at https://digital.nhs.uk/article/913/Electronic-repeat-dispensing-for-prescribers which contains useful tools. You can also sign up for some eRD webinars to find out more.
The toolkit includes an e-learning package, developed by NECS in conjunction with NHS Digital which can also be accessed through the NECS Medicines website http://medicines.necsu.nhs.uk/education-training/erd-elearning/