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a medical professional at computer cbOctober 12 2017

The Electronic Prescription Service saves dispensing administrative staff an average of 79 minutes every day as a result of faster dispensing. 

 In addition, EPS takes 11.8 seconds less to enter details/demographics per item on EPS prescriptions rather than paper. It also takes 7.3 seconds less per item to produce a prescription label from an EPS script than from a paper prescription.

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,” it said. 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.”

Implementing the system has seen around £327 million in savings being made by prescribers and a further £60 million by dispensers.

Luvjit Kandula, Chief Officer of Leicestershire and Rutland Local Pharmaceutical Committee, commented: “The benefits relating to EPS include a reduced impact on pharmacies in terms of the collecting prescriptions and helping to manage the workload more efficiently. EPS allows more time to prepare prescriptions in advance particularly when electronic repeat dispensing is adopted.

“As further work is being planned to improve uptake of EPS and repeat dispensing, this will further improve the patient experience and free up more time for clinicians to focus on medicines optimisation and service delivery.”

Links:
NHS Digital announcement        
NHS Digital benefits calculator 

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