Birmingham GPs switch on electronic prescriptions

 David and Joyce Bullock, of Erdington, have been using Pharmacy2U’s free electronic repeat prescription service for around four years.

David and Joyce Bullock, of Erdington, have been using Pharmacy2U’s free electronic repeat prescription service for around four years.

GPs in Birmingham are making the switch to the NHS Electronic Prescription Service – making it easier and quicker for local patients to get their medication.

Seven GP practices in Birmingham have gone live with the timesaving electronic service and can now 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.

And local patients like pensioners David and Joyce Bullock, of Erdington, and their family are already reaping the benefits of the service.  The couple and their daughter, who are all diabetic, order their prescriptions online.

Mrs Bullock, 71, said: “Pharmacy2U either phone or email us, which is very convenient.  It’s a great service – the medicines are delivered very quickly. Now we don’t have to worry about running out of our medicines.”

Mrs Bullock also believes the service has a positive effect on the family’s health.  She explained: “The free reminder service makes you more aware of keeping on top of a condition such as diabetes. It’s a very efficient service, and the staff are very helpful.”

Pharmacist, Dr Julian Harrison, Director at Pharmacy2U, says convenience is a key consideration for patients.  He 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.

“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.”

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

The NHS Electronic Prescription Service will eventually be rolled out throughout England. Despite this, research conducted by YouGov on behalf of Pharmacy2U revealed that nearly three quarters of people in the West Midlands area (74 per cent) were not aware that paper prescriptions are being replaced.

Find out which Birmingham GPs are live with electronic prescriptions, here: