NHS England patients will now able to nominate a pharmacy of their choice by using a new functionality in ‘NHS App’.
Likely to be welcomed by people self-isolating and socially distancing during the current coronavirus pandemic, it will allow patients to have their chosen pharmacy deal repeat requests.
According to NHS Digital, the App with the new feature is available to download from app stores on all handheld Apple and Android devices.
It is connected to all GP surgeries and users can choose from community pharmacies or nominate an online-only pharmacy.
In addition to allowing re-ordering of medications, the App also provides direct access to 111 online and the NHS website coronavirus advice pages.
Mohammed Hussain, a practising pharmacist and a senior clinical lead at NHS Digital, said:
“Pharmacists will welcome this step, making it easier for people to nominate their chosen pharmacy without having to leave home.
“This functionality going live in the app makes it possible for people to complete the whole process themselves, as it uses their NHS login details for authorisation, meaning no admin is necessary at the pharmacist’s end.”
Polly Bishop, director of digital experience at NHSX, said: “Making it as easy as possible for people to nominate a pharmacy is more important than ever during this pandemic… The NHS App is just one way of people setting their nominated pharmacy – people can continue to do so in pharmacies or continue to use other online services already offering this functionality if they choose.”