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Tim posted back in December that Co-op is returning to healthcare. I’m so pleased to be part of the team launching Co-op Health’s first service.
Co-op Health’s new app allows users in England to order your repeat prescription online with ease and to have it delivered straight to your door, or your local Co-op store. You can even select Co-op Health as your dispenser so my team and I can take care of absolutely everything for you.
Helping the NHS, helping you
When we explored the challenges in the world of health today, there was one area which stood out, preventative care. For example, did you know, over 40% of the financial burden on the NHS is due to preventable diseases, yet currently only 4% of our health budget is spent on prevention?
There’s another issue too. Each year the NHS spends £8 billion on repeat prescriptions, it’s second biggest cost after staff costs. But, £100 million of this is lost on unwanted or misordered medicine and this level of waste will only grow as our population ages and as more people succumb to preventable diseases.
So, we want to enter the health space in a way that addresses pressures on the NHS today and looks to reduce those pressures in the future, whilst helping our users take more control over their own health. That means we’ll be working on a number of fronts:
- using our digital and physical presence to give our users control of their health needs
- making ordering repeat prescriptions easier for you and more efficient for the NHS
- connecting directly to your GP surgery to prevent misordering
- continually learning from our users to develop new services
Where can you use Co-op Health’s repeat prescription service?
At the moment we’re connected to around two-thirds of GP’s in England, we expect to have full coverage by the end of the year. To discover more and find out how to download Co-op Health for your mobile device, visit coop.co.uk/health.
Chief Superintendent Pharmacist
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