People in Penrith can now use an online location tool to check which local GPs have made the switch to electronic prescriptions – part of a government drive to improve access to healthcare.
Many Penrith GP practices are now live with electronic prescriptions, which – because they remove the need to take a paper prescription into a pharmacy – give patients greater choice about where and how they have their medication dispensed. However, recent YouGov research has shown that the majority of people from the region (three in every four) are not yet aware of it. The eScript Finder tool has been created to enable patients to easily check whether their GP practice is now offering electronic prescriptions.
Pharmacist, Dr Julian Harrison, Director at Pharmacy2U, who launched the tool, said: “The move to e-prescriptions gives patients more choice about where and how they get their prescribed medication – such as a pharmacy closer to where they work or an online and mail-order service like ours. “Our NHS repeat prescription service is now available for many patients in Penrith and can be a useful option for those who don't find a traditional high street pharmacy a convenient choice. It’s proving popular with people who work long hours, the elderly and housebound, and busy commuters who want to save time.”
The eScript Finder is available at www.escriptfinder.co.uk and highlights the GP practices that are ‘live’ with electronic prescriptions based on a patient's location. For a quick guide to the NHS Electronic Prescription Service, visit: http://www.pharmacy2u.co.uk/news/epsquickguide/