Online prescription service offers digital revolution in healthcare
6:00am Wednesday 11th September 2013 in News
BOLTON’S health services are undergoing a “digital revolution”.
Patients in the town now have access to mail-order prescriptions as part of a change in GP services.
A free NHS repeat prescription service from Pharmacy2U, an online mail order pharmacy, is one of the new electronic-services to be launched in Bolton as part of a national push for all patients in England to have access to internet healthcare services by 2015.
The Pharmacy2U mail-order service was previously available through GP practices, but is now available online through its website.
Julian Harrison, director at Pharmacy2U, said: “The Government has set a target for all patients in England to be offered digital services by 2015 — and there is a clear appetite for it.
“In our survey, one in five patients in Greater Manchester said they found it difficult to get to a pharmacy to claim a prescription and 24 per cent of those on repeat medication said they had run out because they’d forgotten to re-order it.
“Our free NHS mail-order service is now available in Bolton.
“It is a useful option for patients who don’t find a traditional high street pharmacy a convenient choice — and is proving popular with people who work long hours, the elderly and housebound, busy commuters and those who live in remote locations.”
In 2007, Bolton was chosen as the pilot area for the Summary Care Records, which allowed private patient records to be accessed by dozens of health professionals, rather than just an individual’s GP, is to be adopted by nine additional practices.
The scheme has now been rolled out nationally.
For more information about the new scheme, go to pharmacy2u.co.uk/nhs or call 0845 803 9033.
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