Acute Medication Service (AMS)

(Pharmaceutical care for acute conditions)


The Acute Medication Service (AMS) introduces the Electronic Transfer of Prescriptions (ETP) and supports the provision of pharmaceutical care services for acute episodes of care and any associated counselling and advice.

ePharmacy Aspects

A GP prints a GP10 prescription form, which also carries a bar code and unique prescription number (UPN). At the same time as printing the form, the GP IT system automatically sends an electronic prescribed message to the ePharmacy Message store (ePMS). The electronic message contains exactly the same information as printed on the GP10. On receiving a prescription in the pharmacy, the pharmacist scans the bar code which pulls down the electronic message from ePMS. The pharmacist then uses the information in the electronic message for dispensing purposes, reducing the need for data entry and transcription. Dispensing a prescription triggers the creation of a corresponding electronic claim message, which the pharmacist sends to ePMS, where it is retrieved by Practitioner Services to support payment processing through ePay.

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Introduction of AMS Automation

(1st February 2010)

For prescriptions dispensed from February 1st 2010 PSD will start to use electronic claim messages to automate the payment process for an agreed list of items. This process will apply to all Community Pharmacies and both the process and the medicines item list has been agreed with Community Pharmacy Scotland.  PSD will start to process the electronic claims for these items from mid-March to meet the end of April 2010 payment date. This is in keeping with the normal processing and payment timetable.