Something changed in the way we help our patients, and it came without much fanfare. But it’s something that GPs, practices and patients should be quite excited about, because it actually can make life a lot easier.
For patients with a Health Identifier (or simply, if you have a medicare card) we’re able to deliver your script to you electronically, instead of on paper.
The advantages are;
Your doctor will ask if you prefer your script to be sent electronically. We ensure your email address is correct, then we press the eScript button instead of print.
You should receive an email with a link, and clicking this link opens a page on your browser with a QR code token.
Show this to your pharmacy of choice, and it’s dispensed to you as it normally would be.
Once that’s done, you will receive your repeat token via SMS or email.
If via SMS – add that contact to your phone under “prescriptions” or somethihng that’s easy to remember.
If via email – I suggest creating a rule in your email client to add a tag or filter so you can easily find your repeats.
Sometimes old habits are hard to break. Your doctor (myself included) go straight to the print button. If you remember, ask if we can do e-scripts for you instead.
One day, I’d love to be able to send pathology requests electronically as well. We often want people to do a check up test in 3, 6, or 12 months, and give them a printed request when we see them. But I know I’d probably lose it by then. So what usually happens is you call the clinic, someone asks the doctor or nurse, and between whatever it is they were doing, they re-print it, then when they call you back it’s a bad time, etc etc.
An electronic script for this would be amazing – so big path – I hope you’re listening.