Lowestoft patients to benefit from electronic prescription service

Dr Julian Harrison, director of Pharmacy2U

Dr Julian Harrison, director of Pharmacy2U - Credit: Archant

More convenient repeat prescriptions are now within easy reach of thousands of patients registered with Lowestoft GP practices - making it quicker and easier for residents to get their regular medication.

Nine GP surgeries in the town are now live with the timesaving NHS Electronic Prescription Service and can digitally send prescriptions direct to pharmacies, without the need for the traditional paper slip.

It is designed to speed up the process and gives patients access to new services.

One of the new options is the NHS Repeat Prescription Service from Pharmacy2U, which allows people to order by phone, online or using a mobile app, and then have their medication delivered for free to their home or workplace.

Pharmacy2U is registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council of Great Britain.

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Pharmacist Dr Julian Harrison, director at Pharmacy2U, said: 'The move to e-prescriptions makes the process quicker and easier and is giving patients a lot more choice – such as a pharmacy closer to where they work or an online and mail-order service like ours.

'We have an experienced and friendly customer service team, who receive excellent feedback from patients.

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'You can also speak to a pharmacist for advice and guidance about your medication.

'Our service is well-established and being used by thousands of patients who require regular medication.

'Our NHS repeat prescription service can be a useful option for those who don't find a traditional high street pharmacy a convenient choice.

'It's popular with people who work long hours, the elderly and housebound, and busy commuters who want to save time.'

The NHS Electronic Prescription Service will eventually be rolled out throughout England.

Despite this, research conducted by YouGov on behalf of Pharmacy2U revealed that just under three quarters of people in the South East (73 per cent) were not aware that paper prescriptions are being replaced.

To use electronic prescriptions, patients can speak to their chosen pharmacy to set their 'nomination', which is where their prescription will be digitally sent.

To find out more about the Pharmacy2U service go to www.pharmacy2u.co.uk/nhs

Find out which Lowestoft GPs are live with electronic prescriptions, visit www.escriptfinder.co.uk

Have you got a health story? Tell The Journal by calling 01502 525825 or email lowestoft.journal@archant.co.uk

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