A ‘digital prescription’ is an electronic version of your
prescription. You can now use the NHS App to view
and collect any medicines prescribed electronically, including
repeat and one-off prescriptions.
You can now use the NHS App to:
• easily see the details of medicines/ items healthcare
professionals have confirmed for you
• use a prescription barcode to collect your medicine if you
don’t have a nominated pharmacy, without needing to collect
a paper prescription
How does it work?
If you have access to your health information via the NHS App, you
can use now use the NHS App to view and collect any medicines
prescribed electronically, including repeat and one-off prescriptions.
The prescription will show the exact items prescribed, the prescription
type (repeat or one-off) and who the prescribing professional is.
If you don’t have a nominated pharmacy, you can view a prescription
barcode in the NHS App and present this to a pharmacist to collect
your medicine without having to collect a paper prescription.
You may not see a confirmed digital prescription if:
• it is prescribed but unavailable to you until a future date
• it is cancelled
• it was issued more than 6 months ago
• it was prescribed at a hospital or other secondary care centre
• your pharmacy manages their repeat medication supply on a regular basis
You can find more information about digital prescriptions here: