Every eligible GP practice in London has switched to sending electronic prescriptions directly to pharmacies, NHS Digital has announced.

A total of 1,311 GP practices across the capital now use the Electronic Prescription Service; the remaining 18 practices are not currently suitable for EPS as they don’t have permanently registered patients, according to NHS Digital.

EPS, which proponents describe as being faster and more efficient than relying on paper prescriptions, is estimated to have saved the NHS £130 million over the last three years.

Jignesh Patel, a pharmacist at Rohpharm Pharmacy in Plaistow, East London, said EPS “has been fantastic in releasing us from carrying out a lot of paperwork and having to store a big paper audit trail as everything is now stored digitally.

“It is saving us a lot of time and when GPs use electronic repeat dispensing, it can save themselves, patients and pharmacists even more time.”

Keith Farrar, senior responsible owner for digital medicines at NHS England, said the service “supports the seamless flow of information about prescription needs for patients and reduces administrative time, freeing up resources for direct patient care”.

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