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a medical professional at computer cbOctober 13 2017

The Electronic Prescription Service saved £327 million for prescribers between 2013 and 2016, NHS Digital has said.

 GP practices saved an hour and 20 minutes on average each day by signing electronic repeat prescriptions compared to paper versions and saved an average of an hour and 13 minutes a day by producing electronic repeat prescriptions compared to paper ones.

Other time savings for prescribers include:

  • practices save an average of 43 minutes per day by not having to locate paper prescriptions within the practice;
  • practices save an average of 31 minutes every day by not having to re-print lost paper prescriptions;
  • practice staff save an average of 39 minutes every day by not having to wait for GPs to sign urgent paper prescriptions;
  • practices save an average of 27 minutes every day by cancelling prescriptions electronically versus paper.

The figures come from a new report by NHS Digital which says that EPS has managed to save the NHS £130 million over three years. The benefits for individual prescribers and dispensers can be calculated using the NHS Digital benefits estimator.

“An audit of patients using the system found that 72% said their medicines were ready and waiting for them when they arrived at their pharmacy, with the average prescription collection around 20 minutes quicker under the EPS system,” said NHS Digital. This has saved patients an estimated “£75 million and has meant patients need to make fewer return trips to pharmacies as a result of their medications being out of stock.”

Links:
NHS Digital announcement        
NHS Digital benefits calculator   

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