Videos

Category: Medicines Optimisation


Electronic Repeat Dispensing - making it work

In the NHS in England over 1 billion prescription items are prescribed and dispensed each year. This places an enormous workload on practices, patients and pharmacies. Electronic repeat dispensing is sometimes known as batch prescribing, but it is different to electronic prescribing, managed repeats or usual repeat prescriptions because the GP has authorised up to a years’ worth of medications to be collected regularly from the pharmacy. Electronic repeat dispensing, also known as eRD has been proven to reduce the workload and improve both medication safety and patient experience. We asked two GPs and a pharmacist to explain why they made the change to eRD and how everyone has benefitted from it.


Electronic Repeat Dispensing - making it work (extended version)

The number of medicines prescribed per person has increased annually placing an enormous workload on practices, patients and pharmacies. In the NHS in England over 1 billion prescription items are prescribed and dispensed each year. Electronic repeat dispensing is sometimes known as batch prescribing but it is different to electronic prescribing, managed repeats or usual repeat prescriptions because the GP has authorised up to a years’ worth of medications to be collected regularly from the pharmacy. Electronic repeat dispensing, also known as eRD, has been proven to reduce the workload and improve both medication safety and patient experience. We asked two GPs and a pharmacist to tell us their experience of implementing eRD; the challenges, the benefits and why they would never go back.


All about the AHSN 2019

Bill Gillespie, the CEO at Wessex AHSN, explains the four key stages to support the adoption and spread of innovations, at scale, in the NHS.

How we connect academics, NHS, industry and others to bring fresh energy to old problems, inspired thinking to new ones and to spread innovation and best practice.

At Wesex AHSN we improve people's health, achieve excellence in healthcare and boost innovation and growth in our region's life sciences and healthcare sector.


Mo’s Medicines - Electronic Repeat Dispensing

This is the third in the 'Meet Mo' campaign series. This video sees Mo join electronic repeat dispensing which cuts time for Mo, Mo's GP and pharmacist.

General Practice is under considerable demand, and repeat prescribing is a significant part of GPs’ daily work load.

Electronic Repeat Dispensing (eRD) is an NHS service which has been shown to save GP time spent on repeat prescriptions, and to be more convenient for patients. As part of the work being done in Wessex to support the effective roll out of this valuable NHS service, Wessex AHSN has developed this short animation (the third in our meet Mo series) to help the public to be aware of the service, and its benefits.

As with the past two “Mo” videos we have endeavoured to make the animation as engaging and lively as possible.

The Electronic Repeat Dispensing service is intended for patients with a long-term condition, which requires repeat medicines, that do not change regularly. Their GP can authorise up to 12 months of such medicines. These prescriptions are stored electronically, and then dispensed and supplied to the patient by the patient's community pharmacist when they are needed. The patient does not have to request prescriptions from the GP during this period.

To find out more about this service or to see the range of resources we have developed to support eRD see wessexahsn.org.uk/projects/120/electronic-repeat-dispensing.


Wessex Innovation Forum: Isle of Wight highlights video

Highlights from the Isle of Wight Innovation Forum, held on 4 July 2018.