EPS Phase 4 Roll-out
EPS Phase 4 is now available for roll-out nationally, for practices using TPP SystmOne and EMIS Web; in short, this allows patients without an EPS nomination to have prescriptions sent to the NHS Spine electronically, for them to get dispensed at a pharmacy of their choice. This has until now been largely with an EPS phase 4 token printed at the GP practice, however EPS Phase 4 prescriptions can also be pulled down by a pharmacy inputting the prescription ID number (normally printed under the token barcode) which has been sent by SMS message to a patient; a patient can also give their NHS number to the pharmacy for them to use the Prescription Tracker to locate the prescription too.
Most procedures are the same once the prescription is downloaded from the Spine, however pharmacy teams need to ensure that they have relevant procedures in place to identify EPS Phase 4 tokens, and how to manage situations when the patient presents without a token.
The LPC will try to update contractors on local plans for Phase 4 roll-out to support local communications and ensure good service for patients; however, patients can attend any pharmacy so the LPC suggests that all pharmacy teams should be briefed on Phase 4. For more information, see the following:
Virtual Outcomes Training – EPS Phase 4 and eRD Web Course
The latest practices progressing to Phase 4 (or with plans to do so) locally are:
CANNOCK CHASE CCG
M83727 NORTON CANES PRACTICE
M83608 QUINTON PRACTICE
EAST STAFFORDSHIRE CCG
M83042 BRIDGE SURGERY
SOUTH EAST STAFFS & SEISDON PENINSULA CCG
M83032 THE ALDERGATE MED.PRACT.
M83088 HOLLIES PRACTICE
M83018 GRAVEL HILL SURGERY
M83030 THE LANGTON MEDICAL GROUP
M83617 DARWIN MEDICAL CENTRE
STAFFORD & SURROUNDS CCG
M83050 WOLVERHAMPTON ROAD SURGERY
M83020 CUMBERLAND HOUSE