Bromley acts as beacon for online healthcare services

PUBLISHED: 12:02 08 November 2013 | UPDATED: 12:02 08 November 2013

Graham Hulbert, 67, from Chislehurst.

Graham Hulbert, 67, from Chislehurst.

Catherine Brooker

Bromley is leading the way in the national move to online healthcare services.

The government is aiming for all patients to be offered digital services by 2015, but across Bromley GPs are already introducing electronic prescriptions.

The new system gives patients the option to have repeat prescriptions sent straight to their home through mail order pharmacy Pharmacy2U, free of charge.

A patient at the Chislehurst Medical Practice, Graham, 67, said: “It’s a lot of hassle having to go to the doctor for a prescription then return to the chemist to pick it up.”

The legal compliance officer takes eight different drugs to manage his diabetes.

An independent survey commissioned by Pharmacy2U revealed that 69 per cent of people in the London area would like to manage their healthcare online.

Julian Harrison, Director at Pharmacy2U, said the survey found one in five patients in the London area find it difficult to get to a pharmacy to collect a prescription.

Of those on repeat medication, 20 per cent said they had run out because they’d forgotten to re-order it.

“The free mail order service is proving popular with people who work long hours, the elderly and housebound, and busy commuters,” he said.

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