Boots has unveiled a free online NHS repeat prescription service that helps patients easily manage their repeat prescriptions.

The service, which Boots developed working together with NHS Digital and NHS England, is accessible through the Boots app and website. Patients can collect repeat prescriptions from a pharmacy or opt for free home delivery.

From July, the service will add another feature that enables patients to directly order repeat prescription from their GP record to be sent to Boots for dispensing. Boots has partnered with health tech firm Wiggly-Amps to connect patient, GP and pharmacist for the purpose.

“Digital healthcare is integral to the NHS Long Term Plan. In ten years’ time, I think pharmacy services at Boots will be almost unrecognisable; pharmacists will spend less time dispensing and more time offering clinical services,” said Richard Bradley, Pharmacy Director at Boots UK.

“Through our investment in digitising pharmacy, our pharmacists will have more time to bring even greater value to the overall primary care system, offering greater choice and access to healthcare.”

Boots is also trialling secure prescription collection lockers, an alternative way to pick up medicines, in two stores. A new express pick-up lane will also be introduced in several stores to reduce long queues.