North Manchester Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Greater Manchester Local Pharmaceutical Committee (GM LPC) are working in collaboration to deliver an Electronic Repeat Dispensing (eRD) Project across North Manchester.
The project proposes to support the wider health system through better use of the community pharmacy network using the Electronic Prescription Service as part of Repeat Dispensing. Increased use of electronic repeat dispensing can reduce waste; and save money and time for the CCG, GP practice and community pharmacy.
There are 36 GP practices in North Manchester which are all EPS live and they are surrounded by EPS live community pharmacies that are equipped to support the repeat prescribing process using this system. The 52 pharmacies in North Manchester are situated in high-street locations; in supermarkets; and in residential neighbourhoods that are easily accessible; many of which are open for extended hours up to seven days a week.
Two training events for community pharmacies have taken place already in February 2017 and we are putting on a final training event for Tuesday 18th April for those pharmacies that didn't and couldn't attend the previous events.
The project will be rolled out in the next few weeks and we highly recommend those pharmacies who couldn't make the previous events to make every effort to attend. We will be visiting all the GP practices in North Manchester over the next few months and need your support in identifying suitable, eligible patients to be switched to eRD. We believe this will be beneficial for everyone including the patients and will allow you better control of your repeat prescriptions; more opportunity to engage with your patients; and showcase your value in the management of repeat prescriptions.
For people who are responsible for looking after more than one branch, we would also encourage you to attend and welcome your support in disseminating the information and supporting the branches you look after.