New Electronic Prescription Service set to launch across Stafford and surrounds

An innovative new electronic service launching for patients Stafford and the surrounding areas in the coming months will make collecting your prescription simpler and more convenient than ever.

The free NHS service - which will reduce the need for patients to visit GP surgeries just to collect a paper prescription – is being introduced at a number of GP practices in the area starting with Mansion House Surgery in Stone on September 15th and Holmcroft Surgery in Stafford on October 7th.

Dr Paddy Hannigan, a local GP and Clinical Lead for IT at Stafford and Surrounds Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) – the healthcare body responsible for introducing the new service to the county town - said: "The Electronic Prescription Service, or EPS, gives patients the chance to choose to have their prescriptions sent electronically, and securely, from their GP to a pharmacy or dispensing outlet of their choice.

"That means people can choose a pharmacy that is convenient to them, such as one near to work, home or on the route of their weekly shop.

"It also means people won't have to make a trip to their GP surgery just to collect a prescription, something that will be especially useful to those patients who receive repeat prescriptions.

"Because prescriptions will be prepared in advance, the EPS should also reduce the time patients have to spend waiting in the pharmacy," he said.

Patients who want to start using EPS can talk to their pharmacist or GP and nominate a pharmacy or dispensing appliance contract (DAC) that they wish to collect their prescriptions from in the future.

Patients who wish to continue to use paper prescriptions do not need to do anything.

Dr Hannigan added: "Electronic prescribing can be hugely beneficial for patients, GP surgeries and community pharmacies, and makes the process of getting a prescription simpler and more convenient for patients.

"Stafford and Surrounds CCG is working closely with local surgeries and pharmacies to ensure this service is available for all local residents in the coming months."