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Boots UK helping patients to manage their medicines

12 December 2013
Feature Healthcare
Many Boots pharmacies across England are helping to make it as easy as possible for patients to conveniently access their prescriptions, with the availability of the NHS Electronic Prescription Service in over 650 stores across the region.

This comes as increasing numbers of doctors across England are switching to the NHS Electronic Prescription Service to help make the dispensing of prescriptions more efficient and convenient. It means that participating doctors will no longer give patients a paper prescription. Instead, an electronic prescription will go straight to any pharmacy of the patient’s choice.

Patients will be able to choose their local Boots pharmacy to manage their medication requests*, should they wish. It will reduce the need for additional visits to their GP surgery to collect paper prescriptions, while enabling patients to access face to face advice and support from a Boots pharmacist.
Peter Bainbridge, Director of Pharmacy at Boots UK, comments: “Over 1.5 million paper prescriptions are issued every working day in England, with 70% for patients with repeat medication needs.1 Access to the NHS Electronic Prescription Service is just one of the ways that pharmacies, such as Boots, are helping patients to better manage their medicines and is part of Boots’ ongoing commitment to helping people feel in control of their health. We know that for patients with long term conditions in particular, our pharmacists play a key role in supporting their repeat medication needs – not only dispensing their medicines, but also providing access to the right information and support, such as helping to ensure they are getting the most from their medicines.”
Patients can sign up to the NHS Electronic Prescription Service in store or tell their GP or prescribing nurse that they wish to nominate Boots as their pharmacy of choice during their consultation.

For more information on the NHS Electronic Prescription Service visit:

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*Participating stores only.
The NHS Electronic Prescription Service is available in England only and if the surgery is participating in the service.  
  1. [Last accessed 25 September 2013]


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