All you need to know about online prescriptions

In collaboration with Day Lewis¦ Online prescriptions have really taken off in the UK over the last few years, especially since the pandemic. Perhaps you’re thinking about ordering prescriptions online and want to know more about it? There’s a reason it’s remained popular, as it’s easy to do and there are a lot of benefits!

How do I order my prescription online?

It varies a bit between pharmacies, but you start by registering. This usually involves using your NHS login. Once you’ve done that, it’s as easy as looking at your list of medications and selecting the one you want to reorder. This request then goes to your GP.

What happens then?

The prescription request goes straight to your GP. As soon as they’ve approved the request, the prescription is received and can be filled by the pharmacy. Many pharmacies, such as Day Lewis, will provide you with updates so that you know where in the process your prescription is. You’ll then be notified when it’s ready.

What are the benefits?

  • It saves time; less appointments and time spent waiting around filling in forms
  • It makes it easier to manage the reordering of multiple medications – and you can see everything you can take all in one place
  • It’s more convenient for people who have mobility problems and/or find travelling difficult
  • You can order for other people (with their consent)
  • It’s more discreet – you don’t have to worry about people overhearing, or bumping into people you know!
  • As long as the pharmacy is legitimately registered, it is a safe and secure process

Are there any negatives?

It’s important to note that online prescription services aren’t suitable for urgent requests. If you need medication quickly, you should contact your GP or the NHS 111 phoneline.

Disclosure: This post was written in collaboration with Day Lewis.