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National expansion of real-time exemption checking service for prescriptions

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National expansion of real-time exemption checking service for prescriptions

An NHS system that enables pharmacies to check if a patient is eligible for free prescriptions is being rolled out nationally.

The real-time exemption checking (RTEC) service lets the pharmacy team see if a patient needs to pay for their prescription when it is dispensed, saving time and helping patients claim free prescriptions correctly. Currently, checks on exemptions are carried out by the pharmacist manually during dispensing.