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E-prescription system up and running in Scotland

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The UK’s first national e-prescription system has gone live across Scotland.

The electronic Acute Medication Service, or eAMS, is the first national system of its kind to go live anywhere in the UK, allowing GPs to send prescriptions electronically to pharmacies.

The e-prescription system is now working in 99% of Scotland’s GP practices and pharmacies, the Scottish Government said today.

The eAMS system works by GPs submitting patient prescriptions electronically into the same online system used by pharmacists to access prescriptions, removing the need to write or transcribe the clinical data.

Martin Green, chair of Community Pharmacy Scotland, said: ‘Patient safety is central to the daily activity of dispensing prescriptions in community pharmacies across the length and breadth of Scotland.

‘The introduction of eAMS further contributes to safe systems of work, by improving the communication of information between GP practices and community pharmacies,’ he said.

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