Wales launches electronic prescribing service (EPS)

Wales launched the new electronic prescribing service (EPS) last week, with the country’s first electronic prescription sent and dispensed on 17 November.

The new service allows prescriptions to be sent digitally to a patient’s nominated pharmacy, thus eliminating the need for paper forms.

It is part of a wider plan to introduce digital medicines and e-prescribing in all hospitals and primary care in the country.

Wellington Road Pharmacy and Lakeside Medical Centre in Rhyl became the first community pharmacy and GP practice to use the EPS, which is expected to be
rolled out across Wales in January 2024.