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Prevention of Future Death Notice – the EPS system does not highlight urgent prescriptions to pharmacies


“The EPS system does NOT allow urgent prescriptions to be highlighted to the receiving pharmacy when sent from a GP system.”

This applies to all current pharmacy software.

Following a Coroner’s inquest in Nottingham, the Superintendent Pharmacist for Well Pharmacy has circulated a Prevention of Future Death notice¬† to alert prescribers to potentially serious consequences of shortcomings in the current configuration of EPS.

GPs, surgery teams, medicines management teams and others are asked to note that:

“…for urgent prescriptions a phone call is needed to alert the pharmacy team to the patient need.”