Health August 9, 2018
London GP practices make switch to electronic prescriptions

By Daniel Male - Accountable Care Journal

Every GP practice across London has made the switch to the Electronic Prescription Service allowing prescriptions to be sent directly from GP's to pharmacists.

A total of 1,311 eligible GP practices across the capital now use the service that means patients’ prescriptions can be sent directly from their doctor’s surgery to their pharmacist – without the need for paper prescriptions.

The Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) saves GP practices, pharmacists and patients time and money every day through a more efficient and quicker system.

The EPS system is estimated to have saved the NHS £130 million over the last three years. It has also paved the way for electronic repeat dispensing (eRD) that can help health professionals optimise their time, by allowing prescribers to authorise a batch of prescriptions for regular medicines for up to 12 months with just one digital signature.

Farzana Hussain, a GP at The Project surgery in Plaistow, East London, said: "I can now send a prescription straight away to a pharmacist, meaning that patients don’t need to pick it up from the surgery, making it more convenient for them."

Jignesh Patel, a pharmacist at Rohpharm Pharmacy in Plaistow, said: "The Electronic Prescription Service has been fantastic in releasing us from carrying out a lot of paperwork and having to store a big paper audit trail as everything is now stored digitally."

Alastair Grenfell, Head of NHS Digital’s London Implementation and Business Change team, said: "Reaching every GP practice in London has been a significant challenge and I’m both pleased and proud of all those in the NHS Digital team and those in the wider NHS that have worked hard to achieve this fantastic result. ”

Keith Farrar, Senior Responsible Owner for Digital Medicines at NHS England, said: “I am really pleased that this service is now available to all London GPs. EPS supports the seamless flow of information about prescription needs for patients and reduces administrative time, freeing up resources for direct patient care."