Sending an EPS dispense notification message

Sending an EPS dispense notification message

Once the medication has been or is being dispensed the ‘dispense notification’ message can be sent to the central NHS Spine. This does not need to be done immediately after issue; but may be done in accordance with contractor’s chosen processes and system settings; staff might choose a convenient time that fits in with the pharmacy’s business processes and systems. Also, there is some flexibility in how local systems support pharmacists with this process, for example current options within pharmacy systems might send the message at time of labelling, or systems could generate a bar-code to include on the bag label which can be scanned at the point of dispensing to automatically update the system. Some PMR systems may give you the ability to describe a prescription or item as ‘collected’ (which may or may not coincide with sending of an EPS message). At present, different PMR systems are use different terminology about prescription status.

To complete the EPS-related part of the dispensing process, each prescription item must be marked so that the system describes the item as ‘dispensed’ or ‘not dispensed’ (if all prescription items on a prescription have the same status it is possible to mark the entire prescription as opposed to marking individual items). There are also two intermediate statuses that can be used, ‘with dispenser – partial’ and ‘with dispenser – owing’, where part of the prescribed quantity has been dispensed and where none of the prescribed quantity has been dispensed but is likely to be dispensed at a later date. The Spine should be updated after each dispensing event.

We recommend sending EPS messages frequently. In the event of PMR system technical issue (such as a crash causing locally held data to be lost) the impact will be less if relevant EPS messages have already been sent to the NHS Spine.

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