Why should you visit your community pharmacy? It’s a well-known fact that community pharmacists were previously known as ‘chemists’ (Think the old name "Boots the Chemist") and it’s little wonder why. Not unlike your regular GP, community pharmacists are now an accepted part of the massive NHS family with around 1.6 million a day visiting them in England alone. So why is the community pharmacist so popular? Well, unlike most GP’s community pharmacies are not only situated in popular high street locations across the UK but are also available for advice without an appointment (and, if you’re privately insured, without a high price tag too). In fact they’re so accessible that you’ll even find a pharmacist at work Monday to Saturday (Sunday in some of our Murrays branches although this is not a service we offer regularly at present) – simply perfect when you’re struggling to get even a little time off work. Murrays Pharmacy Throughout The West Midlands Fortunately for everyone, the role of the community pharmacist has certainly changed its offering over recent years to the extent that they’re now able to advise – and prescribe – certain medication without you having to see you own GP. Minor ailments that do not constitute an emergency or require urgent treatment (think colds, cold sores, thrush, or teething in babies) They’re also able to deal with (and hand over) repeat prescriptions, offer advice on travel medications and vaccinations and work alongside your GP to ensure you’re fully looked after. In fact, you’ll also find that may of our Murrays branches now have a private consulting room so whether you need advice on anything from allergies to contraception they most certainly provide an all round service to help support you with your health concerns when you need them.
Here at Murrays we pride ourselves on bringing you innovative solutions to help make your life easier and manage your health better. EPS – Electronic Prescription Service – has recently been introduced into all our branches in order to make managing your medication as easy as possible. The NHS patient care system is aimed at getting you the medicine you need faster and in a more efficient manner - just one of the ways that your pharmacist at Murrays is looking at new ways of delivering a quality service. It will be especially of benefit if you have repeat prescriptions for long term medications for conditions such as diabetes, heart conditions, arthritis, amongst others, and can’t always get to the pharmacy when you need to, enabling you to have your medication ready and waiting at your convenience. For many of our customers at Murrays Pharmacy, the new system will be a huge benefit over the existing system where you may have needed to go to the GP surgery to collect your prescription. Instead, customer simply have to re-order essential medicines online. EPS is also incredibly easy to set up! Each patient needs only to nominate their local Murrays pharmacy branch to which their doctor sends the prescription, and then we do the rest! It’s a simple as that, and all the time that you are eligible to receive certain medicines, you can have the electronic notifications sent to your chosen Pharmacy. Many worry about the security of on-line transactions and the confidentiality of their information, but EPS process and Murrays put security first. The system has been set up using smartcard access and barcode identification that never exposes the patient to any kind of fraud, so confidentially is assured. The EPS system is flexible and built around the patients’ needs [...]