Will we still be able to get paper prescriptions we can send abroad? (Whilst recognising that brexit will end much of their current use in relation to EU pharmacies.)
This is England-only - not Scotland, Wales and NI.
Has anyone used a barcode system? Sounds promising in that it should still allow traipsing round pharmacies to get specific products. Might even allow prescription-splitting - getting your 25 microgram tablet from one pharmacy and your 100 microgram from another. Or is that too, too optimistic?
And I don't like the headline justification being saving money. Though that might be a "good thing" overall.
NHS to scrap paper prescriptions under plan to save £300m
Electronic service will be rolled out in England next month in bid to achieve savings by 2021
Paper prescriptions will be scrapped next month under an NHS plan to save £300m over two years, with Jo Churchill, the primary care minister, announcing all prescriptions across England will be digitised.
The electronic prescription service (EPS) will be rolled out nationally after a trial run in 60 GP practices and hundreds of pharmacies.
At least 70% of all prescriptions are already being prescribed and dispensed through EPS and the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has already received positive feedback from GPs and pharmacies.
Under the electronic system, patients can get their medications by either nominating a pharmacy that will receive the details directly from their GP or receive a paper prescription with the digital barcode.
The medical information is held on a secure NHS database called Spine and will allow a patient’s prescription to be accessed quickly by GPs and pharmacies.
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