Gloucestershire patients set to access healthcare online
4:11pm Wednesday 16th October 2013 in News
PATIENTS in Gloucestershire are some of the first in the country to make the switch to online healthcare services, with new digital options set to go live soon.
The government wants everyone in England to have access to online healthcare services and a number of GP practices in Gloucestershire are introducing electronic prescriptions, which will give patients new choices as to where and how they get their prescriptions dispensed.
A free NHS repeat prescription service from mail order pharmacy Pharmacy2U is one of the new “e-services” being made available to local patients.
An independent survey, commissioned by Pharmacy2U, revealed that 70 per cent of people in the South West would like to manage their healthcare online.
Julian Harrison, Director at Pharmacy2U said: “In our survey, one in five patients in the South West said they found it difficult to get to a pharmacy to claim a prescription and 16 per cent of those on repeat medication said they had run out because they had forgotten to re-order it.
“Our free mail-order service is now available in areas of Gloucestershire. It is a useful option for patients who don’t find a traditional high street pharmacy a convenient choice.”
Mr Harrison added that it was proving to be popular with people who work long hours, the elderly and housebound as well as busy commuters.
To find out more about the new Pharmacy2U service launched in areas of Gloucestershire, visit: www.pharmacy2u.co.uk/nhs
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