Last year, 13 NHS trusts received a share of £16 million while the latest rollout would benefit another 25 trusts. Photo: iStock

The government today announced a £26 million funding for the roll out of hospital digital prescriptions.

Twenty-five NHS trusts will receive a share of the funding to replace paper systems.

Last year, 13 trusts received a share of £16 million. The fund has a total allocation of £78 million to speed up the implementation of electronic prescribing systems across the NHS over three years.

“As part of our Long Term Plan for the NHS we’re committed to giving our hardworking staff access to modern systems which save them valuable time and makes every penny of taxpayers’ money count,” said Minister for Health Edward Argar.

The new technology is expected to reduce medical errors by up to 30 per cent.

The digital prescriptions would also save NHS time and money by ensuring fast access to potentially life-saving information on prescribed medicines and building up a complete, single electronic record that reduces duplication of information-gathering.

Simon Priestley, Chief Pharmacist of Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust which received £940,000 in the first wave of funding, said they are at an early stage of electronic prescribing roll out.

“We are at the early stages of our roll out of electronic prescribing and medicines management system and colleagues across the Trust are really supportive of the system we are implementing and keen for their areas to start prescribing electronically,” Priestley said.

“We anticipate it will improve accuracy and reduce the number of medication errors; both in terms of doctors prescribing and nurses administrating drugs.”

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