We understand that GP practices can not issue prescriptions via the computer at all. (EPS or not). Only hand written prescriptions will be available.
Please ensure that you are aware of this tonight and over the weekend. As always we hope that pharmacies will help patients as much as they can and it may be appropriate to issue emergency supplies to ensure the risk to patients is minimised. Please also bear in mind that the GP phones may be extremely busy and you may not be able to get through to them. We understand that pharmacy PMR's are unlikely to be switched off so you will be able to look at patients histories to determine past repeats.
We have been told that out of hours doctors will be affected and hand written prescriptions may be used for acutes.