The app helps patients to book in-pharmacy NHS services as well as paid-for pharmacy services.

Patient Access, a patient health app by EMIS health, is extending its appointment booking feature to community pharmacies.

This is following a successful trial with more than 60 branches of the Day Lewis pharmacy group. The pharmacy chain will launch the service to another 220 branches within the next two months.

The app helps patients to book in-pharmacy NHS services such as influenza vaccinations, smoking cessation support and Medicine Use Reviews (MURs) as well as paid-for pharmacy services such as treatment for hair loss and a range of travel vaccinations through Patient Group Directions (PGDs).

“A key part of the NHS Long Term Plan is focused on driving patients to community pharmacy for clinical services. Patient Access pharmacy bookings will support this by enabling patients to search, view and book a wide range of services in their local area,” said Jason Keane, CEO, Patient Access.

With the patient’s consent, pharmacists using ProScript Connect can also send an electronic consultation summary back to the EMIS Web patient record allowing GPs to review and update the record.

“We’re excited to be the initial launch partner for pharmacy bookings within Patient Access. Community pharmacy plays a vital role within the health network and by enabling greater patient visibility of the services offered by pharmacies and more choice, we are able to support both patients and the wider health network,” said Sam Patel, Executive Director at Day Lewis.

Patient Access has been connecting patients with GPs online for over a decade. In the last 12 months alone, it enabled more than 7 million users to book 6.4 million appointments and order 18.6 million prescriptions.