Electronic Prescriptions  – A convenient alternative to paper prescriptions

The NIHRACS GP Clinic together with Burnt Pine Pharmacy, are implementing electronic prescriptions to save time, streamline the process of receiving your medication and improving medicine safety.

What is an electronic prescription?

An electronic prescription is a digital version of a paper prescription. During your consultation, your healthcare provider can send your electronic prescription to you or the community pharmacy as an email (or SMS if in Australia).

What are the benefits?

All medicines can be prescribed using an electronic prescription. The message with a link to your electronic prescription is stored on your digital device or at the community pharmacy, so you can access it whenever you’re ready.

How to get an electronic prescription?

  • During your consultation your doctor will send your electronic prescription to you as an email (or SMS if in Australia). You can also opt to send the electronic prescription to the community pharmacy
  • You will then take it to your pharmacy or send it to them
  • If you have repeats, a new email (or SMS if in Australia) will be sent to you when you get your medicine from the pharmacy

How to get your medicines?

After your consultation and once you have received your electronic prescription, you will be able to collect your medicine in person by taking your electronic prescription to a pharmacy so it can be scanned.

If you accidentally deleted the email (or SMS) with your electronic prescription token, you can ask for it to be resent.  For original prescriptions, contact the prescriber. For repeats, contact the pharmacy that issued the repeat.

If needed, you can forward the SMS or email to a family member or carer so they can collect your medicine

Active Script List (ASL)

A token management solution for all your electronic prescriptions and repeats

The ASL is a solution that can help people who are taking multiple medicines. It provides a consolidated list of all the medicines a patient can have their pharmacy dispense for them. The patient no longer needs to handle multiple tokens on their phone to show the pharmacist; having an ASL means the patient can walk into any pharmacy, give consent for them to access their ASL, and have that pharmacy dispense their medicines. Having a trusted relationship with a doctor and pharmacist means they can use the ASL to help their patient manage their medicines more easily.

How it will work

  1. Visit a pharmacy to set up your list.
  2. If your doctor needs to prescribe medicine, you can choose an electronic prescription and it will be automatically added to your list, unless you ask your doctor not to add it. You can still get an email (or SMS if in Australia) as well. 
  3. Go to your pharmacy, forward the SMS (or SMS if in Australia) or email to them or call them to validate your ID so that they can access your list and dispense your medicine.

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