Prescription processing is to become digital by default as the final phase of the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) is rolled out across the country.
According to NHS Digital, the latest improvements to EPS, known as ‘Phase 4, allows for all patient prescriptions to be sent using the more efficient system, not simply for those who had chosen a regular ‘nominated’ dispenser. It is estimated that electronic prescriptions could save the NHS up to £300m by 2021.
EPS saves the NHS time and money by reducing the amount of paper processing required by GPs, pharmacists and the NHS Business Services Authority. GP practices across England took part in a successful pilot, which saw 329,000 prescriptions dispensed by more than 3,100 community pharmacies.