Thirty jobs are to be created through a new £1.5m ‘Tele-Pharmacy’ opened in Liverpool aimed at helping people living with chronic care conditions to manage their medicinal needs through artificial intelligent mobile app ‘Now Patient’.
Liverpool has been highlighted as having some of the most deprived health districts in the UK, and the ‘Now Patient’ app (developed by Now Healthcare Group) was created to enable up to 15 million people living with long-term health conditions such as cancer, diabetes and lung disease, to get free delivery of their repeat NHS prescriptions across Liverpool (and the rest of the UK).
“Now Patient enables patients to be empowered to manage their own healthcare needs and reduce strain on overstretched health services.”
The NHS approved tele-Pharmacy ‘super-hub’ – Now Pharmacy, will be able to dispense around 500,000 prescriptions per month and will be utilising the latest robotic technology to help smooth the distribution process.
Liverpool is one of the 20% most deprived health districts in England with life expectancy 10.8 years lower for men and 7.8 years lower for women. People in one area of Liverpool are living on average 11 years less than people living just five miles away.
NHS Chronic Care Patients can simply nominate Now Patient as their NHS pharmacy to get free delivery of their repeat prescriptions nationwide. NHG has agreed a contract with the NHS to ensure they deliver the same quality service for the whole of England. The app is free to download on iOS and Android.
Lee Dentith, Founder and CEO of Now Healthcare Group said: “Now Patient enables patients to be empowered to manage their own healthcare needs and to reduce the strain on our country’s overstretched health services. We are the first and only tele-health company in the world to have its own tele-pharmacy, which has been kitted out with the optimum robotic technology to streamline processes and service and fulfil medicines for thousands of NHS patients.”
Steve Rotherham, Metro Mayor for the Liverpool City region (who officially opened the event) said, “I am keen to tackle the issues of health and equality and I wish all the luck to Now Pharmacy. This super-hub digital Pharmacy, with its innovative technology, is a great idea to help communities and human beings who need access to numerous medications – as it takes away the stress of obtaining repeat prescriptions. I look forward to coming back soon to see how the facility has grown.”