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Nearly 1 Billion Electronic Prescriptions Dispensed in 21/22

Andrew Bellingham

Andrew Bellingham

Pharmacist | 20+ Years | BPharm | Dip Clin Pharm

The Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) has become the default method of prescribing and dispensing prescriptions, with “almost one billion” items dispensed electronically in the last 12 months, NHS Digital has said. 

The number of electronic prescriptions has “almost doubled” since 2016/2017 when just under half (48%) were still issued on paper, with an incredible 95% of prescriptions now being dispensed electronically. 

And with 11,400 pharmacies across the UK now signed up to EPS, it’s clear to see why NHS England’s Chief Pharmacy and Medicines Information Officer, Rahul Singal believes “we’d be pushed to think of another national system that’s had more success.”

Singal said over the past few years “EPS has held its position and done what it’s needed to do in primary care.”

He added: “our next focus is to introduce EPS into more care settings, including more health settings such as hospital outpatient departments so the benefits can be realised for even more clinicians and patients across the NHS.”

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