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Majority of community pharmacies are benefiting from the use of real time exemption checking (RTEC), as per an update by the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA).

RTEC allows community pharmacy teams to check digitally if their patients are eligible for free NHS prescriptions because they hold a specific exemption.

The service not only saves staff time but also reduces the use of paper, risk of infection transmission and pharmacies environmental impact.

Pharmacy contractor need to confirm their agreement to the terms of the RTEC, before it can be activated.

The Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) has recommended all pharmacies to use RTEC by completing registration on the NHSBSA’s Manage Your Service (MYS) portal.

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