6,676 (79 per cent.) of general practitioner practices have had the software upgrades needed to operate the electronic prescription service (EPS), of which 5,433 (64.1 per cent.) have been confirmed by primary care trusts as able to issue electronic prescriptions. Currently, over 1.5 million electronic prescription messages are issued each week. The number of individual general practitioners and doctors in other settings that are able to and regularly use the EPS is not captured nationally.