Electronic prescriptions

PAPER prescriptions will soon be replaced by electronic ones – saving the NHS money and time for patients and staff.

Thousands of paper prescriptions are still issued each year – due to current regulations limiting the circumstances in which electronic prescriptions can be issued.

Changes to these regulations will be made later this year to expand electronic prescribing for nearly all prescriptions.

Health and social care secretary, Matt Hancock, said: ‘We need to harness technology across the NHS to improve care, save time for patients and make the lives of staff easier. It can’t be right paper prescriptions are still used. ‘