Cheltenham can report real success in Electronic Prescribing thanks to close collaboration between health professionals in GP surgeries and pharmacies.

As it stands, 16 of the 17 GP practices in the area now send prescriptions electronically.

The service means that the patient can collect their fulfilled prescription directly from their nominated pharmacy between 5 minutes and 2 hours after their GP consultation.

In terms of the current live practices, the proportion of prescriptions sent electronically as a proportion of total prescribing has risen to 71%.