Over 10 million electronic prescription messages transmitted

The first stage of the NHS Connecting for Health Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) is now live in 24 per cent of GP surgeries and 36 per cent of community pharmacies.

10 million prescriptions by EPS
10 million prescriptions by EPS
The roll out and completion of ‘Release 1’ of EPS has resulted in the transmission of more than 10 million messages. Release 2 will follow later this year and will enable prescribers to apply digital signatures to electronic prescription messages, along with the option for patients to nominate a preferred pharmacy for receipt of their prescriptions.

The implementation of EPS has obvious benefits, dramatically reducing the number of paper prescriptions and removing the need for manual entry of the prescription details.

Tim Donohoe, EPS Programme Director for NHS Connecting for Health said: ‘Release 2 functionality has been live in the Spine since August 2006.

‘We are now working with our user groups and system suppliers to ensure smooth delivery of Release 2 later this year. It is encouraging to see that uptake of the service continues to increase on a weekly basis.

‘I would urge community pharmacy contractors who have not yet made plans to upgrade their existing system to be EPS compatible to contact their system supplier as soon as possible to discuss the options available.’

More information on EPS can be found on the NHS Connecting for Health website.

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