INNOVATION

Boots UK transforms pharmacy experience

Pharmacy at Boots is changing. From May, Boots UK is transforming how customers access healthcare by bringing together the convenience of online ordering with the care of over 6,500 pharmacists – creating a market-leading omni-channel pharmacyexperience.

Working together with NHS Digital and NHS England, Boots has developed a Free Online NHS Repeat Prescription Service, available through the Boots app and boots.com. Over 50% of people struggle to make it to their GP or pharmacy to collect a repeat prescription so the new service offers customers an unrivalled online experience to manage their repeat prescriptions.

The online pharmacy service gives patients the convenience of ordering repeat prescriptions from their mobiles, arranging collection from a store or having it delivered to their home for free​​​​​​​. 

In July, combining expertise from health technology company Wiggly-Amps Limited, the service will make the critical links between a customer, their GP and their pharmacist even simpler, so customers can directly order their repeat prescription from their GP record to be sent to Boots for dispensing.

Patients will see changes in some stores too – a brand new Express Pick Up lane will make long queues a thing of the past. From the end of May, prescriptions ordered online can be collected from around 600 Boots pharmacies, with a promise customers can pick up their prescriptions in 2 minutes or less.

Boots is also trialling secure prescription collection lockers in two stores which will give an alternative way to pick up your medicines.

Seb James, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Boots, comments: “Boots has been at the forefront of innovating in health for 170 years. It’s time for us to do that again because we know our customers and the NHS need more from pharmacy. What makes Boots unique is our ability to combine a digital solution with face to face advice from the incredible 6,500 pharmacists who help people get better and feel good every day.”

Richard Bradley, Pharmacy Director, Boots UK, added: “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. 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 health care.”

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    Malcolm Rigler
    3 June 2019 at 4:21 pm
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    Great idea BUT several million NHS service users have never yet learnt any digital skills. Millions – often older people using several medications – are confused by ICT services. I hope that alongside this development at Boots the company will also support in every possible way the development of High Street Learning Centres also known as “Digital Health Hubs” such as the one now up and running at Nailsea a Town near Bristol see:

    A digital health hub at 65 High Street, Nailsea – YouTube
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2kAyJqBLRE
    Video for 65 high street nailsea video▶ 0:37
    5 Feb 2018 – Uploaded by Good Things Foundation
    Ian Morrell of Nailsea Town Council shares his thoughts on turning 65 High Street into a digital health hub …
    65 High Street | nailseatown.com
    https://www.nailseatown.com/65-high-street/

    65 High Street Named as 1 of the 10 Finalists in the Digital Leaders 100 List! … The video below, commissioned by Nailsea Town Council, promotes 65 High …

    Dr Malcolm Rigler retired GP m.rigler@nhs.net
    http://www.librariesandhealth.com

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