What is eRD?
Electronic Repeat Dispensing (eRD) was introduced in July 2009 as a non-compulsory method of dispensing prescriptions electronically. From April 2019, as stated in the GP contract, eRD became a contractual obligation for all patients where it is clinically appropriate and the patient consents.
Our GP Assurance team are working in collaboration with GPs, CCGs and Primary Care Networks to help prescribers and dispensers realise the benefits of increased eRD use.
This video was produced in collaboration with NHS Digital. It was created primarily for pharmacies to explain the high level process behind eRD.
Download the video transcript (Word: 249KB)
As part of the preparations to prioritise work and help manage an increased pressure on the health service, NHS England and NHS Improvement are advising that practices should consider putting all suitable patients on electronic repeat dispensing as soon as possible.
Practices in England may transfer any clinically suitable patient onto eRD if they are already receiving, or have agreed to receive, electronic prescriptions.
If you need support with eRD, we can provide:
- GP practices with NHS Numbers for patients who might potentially be suitable for eRD.
- support and guidance for GPs on how to increase their eRD use.
You can find out more information about the support we can offer in our electronic Repeat Dispensing in response to COVID-19 slideshow (PDF:1.52MB). You can find information about GDPR roles and responsibilities in our guidance document (Word: 260KB).
You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org to request more information about this service.
If you're a GP practice, you can find out more on how to request eRD data on our requesting eRD data page.
You can view how many GP practices have requested NHS Numbers from us on our eRD reports page.
If you're a patient, find out more about eRD on our information for patients page.
If you're a pharmacy, find out more about eRD on our information for pharmacies page.