Portsmouth is first place in country to go 100% digital on prescriptions
PORTSMOUTH has become the first area in the country where prescriptions for all patients can be sent electronically.
NHS Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has been piloting the latest improvement to the Electronic Prescription Services (EPS) which allows prescriptions for all patients to be sent using the more efficient digital system and not just those who have chosen a regular nominated dispenser.
Simon Cooper, director of medicines optimisation at NHS Portsmouth CCG, said: ‘Moving from what was essentially a paper-driven process to an approach which is primarily digitally-focused means much greater efficiency for our GP practices and dispensing pharmacies in terms of time and accuracy, and this can only be positive for patients, too.’
Once the NHS Digital system is rolled out across England, it is estimated it will save the NHS £130m a year.