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Electronic Repeat Dispensing
General Practice currently faces unprecedented demand and significant challenges in the recruitment of GPs. Community pharmacy could support the management of people with multiple LTCs to a much greater extent than currently, through better support for patients and ease the pressure across the system.
Repeat Dispensing is now available via the Electronic Prescribing System (EPS). Whilst a growing number of practices in Wessex have recently moved to EPS, many still have not and very few have reaped the benefits that can be realised from moving to electronic Repeat Dispensing (eRD). A 5-practice project in West Hampshire CCG is underway to evaluate the benefits at local level. Other CCG areas are now working with Wessex AHSN to support greater eRD uptake.
The Wessex area has been slower than other areas in England in adopting this service (which has been part of the national Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework since 2005). Wessex as a whole has an average level of repeat dispensing of 7.17% which is below the national average of 9.26% and significantly below the highest CCGs in England which are above 45% (NHS BSA Dec 2016).
Areas that have implemented repeat dispensing well have also been able to demonstrate a reduction in medicines wastage. Studies in Manchester showed that for every 1,000 prescriptions moved from repeat prescribing to repeat dispensing, savings of £550 were realised. These occur when the pharmacist checks with the patient if medicines are still needed or causing problems.
Wessex AHSN is working to support CCG's, GP practices and pharmacies to help realise the potential of repeat dispensing in the following ways:
Public health - Repeat Dispensing for General Practice from Wessex AHSN Limited on Vimeo.
eRD Resources list
CCG Repeat Dispensing Percentages
Helping Practices Get Started with Repeat Dispensing - Leaflet
Electronic Repeat Dispensing Guidance