Electronic prescribing scheme runs in Scotland

Electronic prescriptions are going live between almost all of Scotland's GP practices and community pharmacies.

The electronic Acute Medication Service (eAMS) allows GPs to send scrips electronically to pharmacies and now works in 99% of pharmacies and practices.

The Scottish government says its use of universal codes for virtually all medicines boosts efficiency and leads to less reliance on paper scrips.

Health secretary Nicola Sturgeon said: ‘With eAMS we are now seeing more than 90% of prescriptions submitted electronically.

‘This shows the demand among GPs and pharmacists to work together to make the best use of the latest technology to improve services for patients.'

neil.durham@haymarket.com

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