THE Co-op Pharmacy in Keighley is the first pharmacy in the UK to introduce a groundbreaking new system for electronic prescriptions.
The pharmacy is working with doctors at a nearby health centre to test the system, which will ensure patients get a speedy, efficient and accurate service that is just what the doctor ordered.
Electronic Transmission of Prescriptions (ETP) means pharmacists can get instant access to patients' prescription details from their GPs.
It ensures their prescriptions are ready promptly when they visit the pharmacy, and brings to an end problems with illegible and incomplete prescriptions.
The system will eventually reduce patients' trips to surgeries to collect repeat prescriptions.
"ETP will benefit patients, pharmacists and GPs," said Co-operative Group Pharmacy General Manager John Makepeace.
"The traditional role of the pharmacist is changing fast and the Co-op pharmacists are at the forefront of the changes. We are delighted that Keighley's Co-op Pharmacy is playing a key role in this project."
The trial, which also involves Airedale Primary Care Trust, the NHS and software supplier AAH, is to ensure any potential problems can be found and rectified before the service is rolled out more widely.