New service starts for prescriptions

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A new service in Fleetwood and Thornton is making collecting a prescription simpler and more convenient than ever before for residents.

The free electronic prescription service is now in place at all GP practices across the towns.

The service allows GP surgeries to send prescriptions electronically to a pharmacy rather than the patient having to deliver a paper prescription by hand.

The prescription is sent direct to a pharmacy that is convenient to the patient, such as one near to work, home or on the route of their weekly shop.

It also means patients no longer have to make a trip to their GP surgery just to collect a prescription, something that is especially useful to those patients who receive repeat prescriptions.

The Mount View Practice in Fleetwood was the first practice at which electronic prescriptions were introduced. Since then around 4,000 patients, roughly 40 per cent of all patients registered there, have signed up to collect their prescriptions from a chosen pharmacy.

Dr Mark Spencer, a GP at The Mount View Practice said: “There are many obvious benefits of electronic prescribing. People with repeat prescriptions no longer have to visit their GP to collect a prescription and there is no risk of losing a paper prescription between the surgery and the pharmacy.”

The service will be rolled out to all GP surgeries across Fylde and Wyre over the next 12 months.