Boots has developed a free online NHS repeat prescription service, in partnership with NHS Digital and NHS England.

Launched in May, the service is available through the Boots app and the company’s website.

It uses technology from Wiggly-Amps Limited, a company which was acquired by Boots in January, and allows customers to directly order their repeat prescription from their GP record and have it sent to Boots for dispensing.

It 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​​​​​​​.

Richard Bradley, pharmacy director at 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.”

It’s not just Boots who has ventured into the world of online prescriptions.

Co-op recently announces it had appointed a mobile technology company to help support the development of its new health app.

Apadmi has been tasked with helping to manage Co-op Health, an app which helps people manage their repeat prescriptions.