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EPS processes one million daily scripts

For the first time ever, the electronic prescription service (EPS) has processed one million prescriptions in a single day, Connecting for Health has announced.

A total of 500 million electronic prescriptions have been issued through the system to date, with a third of all prescriptions now sent to pharmacies via this method.

The Summary Care Record has also achieved a major milestone, having been accessed five million times by doctors, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals, since it was launched late last year.

“When you consider that around one billion prescriptions are generated every year in England, it is a significant achievement to be able to say that over a third of all prescriptions are now processed electronically,” said programme head for EPS, Rachel Habergham.

“The volumes continue to increase on a daily basis as we support more GPs to go live. We are fast approaching a day when it will be very rare for a prescription not to be processed by EPS.”

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