ELECTRONIC

PRESCRIPTION SERVICE (EPS) – PAPER IS OLD FASHIONED!

Major advances in prescription technology have been rolled
out across the country and have now come to Merriott! Did you know that your GP
surgery now has the capability of sending your prescription to us securely via
the NHS internet? This is a natural and efficient development and has been in
operation for over a year in other parts of the county. It is fast and
efficient and does away with “lost” prescriptions and prescriptions being sent
to the wrong place.

FAST, CONVENIENT AND TRANSPARENT.

There have been longstanding issues with misdirected
prescriptions and Merriott prescriptions being dispensed in other pharmacies by
mistake. Please remember to NOMINATE MERRIOTT PHARMACY AS YOUR PREFERRED
PHARMACY PROVIDER so prescriptions can be directed correctly. This will avoid
inconvenient mishaps where you may have to travel into Crewkerne and your
medications may not be ready when you expect them.

 

HOW IT WORKS

You may continue to order your prescription in the usual
manner (either by phoning us at
Merriott Pharmacy on 72222 or by phoning your surgery directly). We will
then submit your request for medications to your GP. The prescription clerks
then generate a prescription which your doctor authorises and sends back to us.
The whole procedure usually takes 
48HOURS at the surgery’s end. Remember: that means 48 working hours ie.
Weekdays not including weekends as surgeries don’t work at weekends.

HOWEVER......

Routine requests can be processed quickly and emailed back
to us possibly even the same day. It will take a while for the new technology
to bed-in and become established at surgeries. Merriott Pharmacy is ready,
willing and able to receive these requests immediately.The volume of electronic
prescriptions is rising quickly and in other parts of the county has mostly
replaced paper prescriptions even within this short time. It is worth
mentioning though that if you are on a special on non-standard medication then
it may need to be ordered in for the following day so remember to leave a few
days grace and don’t wait until the last minute before re-ordering.

FLU VACCINATIONS

This year the NHS has opted to use pharmacies to administer
free flu vaccinations on the NHS to eligible patients. Please phone Merriott
Pharmacy on 72222 if you interested in booking yourself in for a jab. We are
working with the the parish council on offering a full service at the village
hall in the very near future so watch this space!

Kind Regards, 
MERRIOTT PHARMACY “PASSIONATE ABOUT VILLAGE HEALTHCARE”