Major rise in online prescribing across West Norfolk
Thousands more people in West Norfolk are opting to order their prescriptions online compared to two years ago, according to NHS data.
A total of 7,195 patients in the West Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group signed up to request repeat prescriptions online.
The number of people registered with the service has gone up by 26 per cent according to figures from West Norfolk GPs.
Over the same period, the number of prescriptions ordered through West Norfolk GP online services increased by 72 per cent.
A figure of 111,981 prescriptions have been requested this year so far, the equivalent of 368 a day.
Furthermore, an average of 616 appointments are being organised a week online compared to 539 a week in 2016.
In the area, one in five GP patients are signed up for at least one online service.
Online services are free and available to nearly everyone registered with a GP.
More than 99 per cent of practices across the country now have an online option available to patients.
Registered users can access parts of their medical record through the service, including information about test results. An electronic service allows patients to pick up prescriptions from their desired pharmacy or dispenser.