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Provider Assurance General Practice Services: Electronic Repeat Dispensing (eRD) Service Summary

Electronic Repeat Dispensing (eRD) is a non-compulsory method of dispensing prescriptions electronically. It means that patients who regularly get the same medicine do not need to visit their GP each time they need a repeat prescription. Instead, their prescription can be sent straight to the pharmacist for dispensing over a period of three, six or twelve months.

Who is Electronic Repeat Dispensing (eRD) For?

The NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) supports ICBs to introduce eRD to their local practices through various reports highlighting where eRD might be appropriate, and provides ongoing support for roll out and general eRD queries from GPs.

Why is Electronic Repeat Dispensing (eRD) Important?

By adopting eRD in their regions, ICBs can support their local GPs to free up time usually taken by arranging repeat prescriptions. Dispensing electronically also supports patients by ensuring that they receive their medication in a timely and streamlined manner.

What is the Electronic Repeat Dispensing (eRD) process?

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Additional Support:

In addition to the production of specific ICB/practice reports, our eRD service also publicly publishes the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) and electronic Repeat Dispensing (eRD) utilisation dashboards provide information on the electronic prescription service and electronic repeat dispensing, you can find out more here.

The NHSBSA eRD team can also support with the enrolment and roll out eRD to help prescribers and dispensers realise the benefits of increased eRD. You can email to request more information about this service.

Get in touch

If you would like to find out more, please get in touch. You can email the Provider Assurance General Practice Services team at   or visit the Provider Assurance General Practice Services area of our website here.