Online prescription service launched in Wandsworth proves popular with busy residents


The service means medicine can be sent straight to their homes.

By Rachel Hur

Wandsworth is one of the first areas in the UK to start an online healthcare service for residents.

‘Pharmacy 2 U’ is an online prescription service launched by the NHS to help patients have prescription medicine sent straight to their homes.

The borough has introduced electronic prescriptions, which will give patients new choices as to where and how they get their prescriptions dispensed.

The service means GPs can send e-prescriptions to pharmacies instead of written prescriptions to visiting patients.

Julian Harrison, Director at Pharmacy 2 U, said: “Our free mail-order service is now available in the Borough of Wandsworth.

“It is a useful option for patients who don’t find a traditional high street pharmacy a convenient choice – and is proving popular with people who work long hours, the elderly and housebound, and busy commuters.”

Julie Robertson, 41, Clapham, welcomed the service as she can now manage the prescriptions for her parents anywhere on the go.

She said: “It’s a fantastic service because I work 9-6 and it isn’t easy to get time off to visit the GP.

“I get regular updates by them as well so it has made my life so much easier. I will definitely recommend the service to others.”

The government has set a target for all patients in England to be offered digital healthcare services by 2015.

‘Pharmacy 2 U’ will remind patients by either email or telephone before medicines run out.

An independent survey, commissioned by Pharmacy2U, revealed that 69% of people in the London region would like to manage their healthcare online.

To find out more about the new Pharmacy2U service launched in areas of Wandsworth, Balham, Battersea, Clapham, Tooting, Wimbledon, Roehampton and Streatham visit: 

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