Digital prescriptions now available on NHS app

NHS app users can now collect their prescription from the pharmacy without having to visit their GP surgery first 


The traditional paper prescription from doctors has been replaced by an in-app barcode, simplifying the process for users who can have it scanned at any pharmacy. 


Additionally, the app allows users to request repeat prescriptions, and each fulfilled digital order is estimated to save the GP three minutes, as highlighted by NHS Digital.


It arrives after a successful trial involving more than a million participants. 


Those with a designated pharmacy can seamlessly collect medication without the need for a paper prescription or barcode, as the details are transmitted electronically to their chosen pharmacy. 


Additionally, the app provides insights into average local hospital waiting times for procedures like hip replacements.


Changes to the app come at a time when repeat prescriptions ordered online have risen by 45%. 


Using the app, you can also view your medical records, manage appointments and choose your nominated pharmacy. 


Health Secretary Victoria Atkins said the update would “ease pressures on our hardworking pharmacists and GPs – freeing up valuable time for patients and helping to cut waiting lists”.