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Pharmacies adopt NHS EPS with new broadband network

Antony Savvas

Pharmaceutical wholesaler UniChem and retail partner Alliance Pharmacy are adopting a managed broadband network to enable them to roll-out the NHS’ Electronic Prescription Service (EPS).

The system, provided by virtual network operator Sirocom, will serve around 1,000 Alliance Pharmacy stores and thousands of other UK independent pharmacies.

In partnership with Cegedim, a pharmacy IT supplier, Sirocom is providing a managed broadband roll-out and support service to run the new EPS-compliant system, which is designed to accelerate the prescription processing and reimbursement process.

Sirocom’s contract includes: a secure and resilient connection to N3, the NHS’ new national backbone network; all necessary hardware for the connection; installation and configuration; maintenance; and IT support and end-user training.

Anthony Roberts, IT director at UniChem, said, “We are offering our customers a one-stop IT solution which can be tailored to the individual needs of every pharmacy, taking away any hassle and confusion.”

In order to implement the system, pharmacists will need a compliant Patient Medical Record system, provided by Cegedim, and an N3 connection approved by Connecting for Health.

A virtual network operator is a networks and telecoms provider which builds a customer network using a variety of services from different third party providers, with the aim of providing greater flexibility at a lower cost to the customer.


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