EPS went live in 2005 not 2009
Its funny because there were several Doctors that wanted to issue the first electronic prescription. For the NHS team at the time they really had to find someone else because the poor guy that was most keen was the spitting image of one Harold Shipman. Not a good advert for new ways to get your drugs.
The surgery that issued the first electronic prescription was in the same building as the pharmacy - yet the patient took it somewhere else.
The idea of tokens was all built in to that system, as was the concept of pre-authorised repeats allowing 1 token to cover up to 6 months of repeats.
I find it hard to believe that so much of what we built in has yet to be implemented nearly 15 years later.