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Electronic prescriptions reach over 85% in England

Prescriptions processed using the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) now make up over 85% of all prescriptions dispensed within primary care in England (latest data from April 2020).

During the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, EPS has supported clinicians and patients to observe social distancing as it helps to reduce the need for face-to-face contact and unnecessary journeys, especially when nomination is used. Use of EPS has been expanded into GP Access/virtual hubs, walk-in centres and out of hours settings. Expanding not just the use of EPS to other care settings but also focusing on increasing utilisation in urgent care settings has contributed to the increase in prescriptions processed by EPS, significantly improving business processes within pharmacy.  One-off nomination is now available in many GP practices and other care settings, allowing prescriptions to be sent to an alternative pharmacy without affecting patients’ existing nominations and avoiding the need for paper. Latest figures show that 51% of GP practices are now using Phase 4, which allows EPS to be used for patients without a nominated pharmacy and allows prescriptions to be downloaded using the unique prescription ID.