«Nine in ten prescriptions are now fulfilled via the NHS Electronic Prescription Service.
In October 2019, primary care minister Jo Churchill revealed government’s plan of “digitising the entire prescription service”. The following month, the electronic system – which at that point was already used to fulfil more than two-thirds of prescriptions – was extended to cover all GPs and pharmacies throughout England.
Since then, uptake has continued steadily, with 89% of prescriptions now sent via the digital service, as of January 2021. But Churchill added that the NHS remains committed to offering a paper option for those who are not able to use the electronic platform, which provides patients with a barcode that can be scanned on their smartphone.»
Article written by Sam Trendall