Printing prescriptions

Could this process be automated?

With the joined-up system, can the doctor ask the patient which surgery they wish to collect from and send an e-prescription directly to the pharmacy? This could include whether the person should pay or not and the patient could collect and sign on a tablet (like postal services) to confirm receipt of the items

where an item is unusual, the availability of it could be checked first, before arriving at the pharmacy to be advised it is unavailable ..

Why the contribution is important

Printing costs, lost prescriptions, forged prescriptions, the need for patients to call in and collect prescriptions from the surgery

by DragonX on April 22, 2017 at 11:04PM

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  • Posted by gh April 23, 2017 at 21:15

    This is an excellent idea and the same could apply for GPs submitting x-ray and blood test requests to the hospital.
  • Posted by ninjadispenser April 25, 2017 at 10:17

    I am assuming the proposer meant the Doctor will ask what Pharmacy not Surgery the patient wants to pick up from? If so this is already done and the Pharmacy picks up the prescriptions each day via their own drivers.Electronic prescriptions are on their way and done in England already.If an item is urgent,it is up to the Surgery how it arrives,either by patient or faxed,as long as it is not a controlled drug as faxing is illegal for controlled drugs. A fax is Not a prescription as such as it is not signed in the Doctors handwriting and the Pharmacist accepts it for the good of the patient e.g. At weekends.
    The main problem with availability is when Nobles discharge someone at the weekend on a drug which their own Pharmacy would have but that is uncommon in community Pharmacies.They cannot carry every drug on the market,and,we live on an Island,so we don't get the TWO deliveries a day That English Pharmacies do,only one,and that depends on the boat!
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