Bendigo Community Health Services has started using a new e-scripts system to provide a safer, faster and easier way for clients to access your prescription medications.
The free e-scripts service allows our GPs and health professionals to send you or a nominated person an electronic copy of your script that you can show to the pharmacy.
This takes out the need to wait for paper versions of your script to arrive or the need to visit a BCHS site to collect one - faster, safer, easier.
Some Bendigo pharmacies are also using apps that allow you to send the prescription straight to them but you need to ask if this service is available.
The e-script works on a barcode or token (QR Code) which when scanned provides all the information your pharmacist will need to fill your script.
To help us ensure the system works please make sure you provide or confirm your mobile phone number or email address to our Client Services staff when you book an appointment.
To read some of the most frequently asked questions around e-scripts and see a full list of pharmacies using e-scripts to our knowledge please click on the 'read more' button below.
What is e-scripts? Prescriptions can how be sent electronically and securely between GPs, patients and pharmacies. This means you no longer have to come in and collect a hard copy or wait for one to arrive so you can take this into your pharmacy. A much quicker process!
How do e-scripts help? It’s faster, easier and safer for everyone if we email or SMS the script to you or someone you nominate. Can’t lose that! You or your nominated person then shows this to your pharmacy reducing waiting time.
How does the e-scripts work? Your prescription has a barcode or token (QR Code). The pharmacist scans this for your script information.
Is the information safe? Yes. The script exchange we use to send information is completely private and secure. The only people seeing your information is your GP and the pharmacist.
Can I use any pharmacy with e-scripts? Most pharmacies will be set up for e-scripts given this is a national program. Ask our GP or health professional about which pharmacies are using e-scripts in our area.
Can I just send my e-script to the pharmacy? Please ask your pharmacy. Some pharmacies are using apps such as MedAdvisor or MedView Patient Connect so you can send the e-script straight to them. Does e-scripts work with repeats? Yes. Any pharmacy can provide repeats. Just give them your prescription with the barcode or token (QR Code).
Is there a cost for e-scripts? Sending an e-script is free. Please note: A $15 fee still applies if you request a script over the phone without speaking to a GP.
Can I choose not to have prescriptions sent to me? Yes. Please speak to your doctor or pharmacist if you prefer not have your prescription information sent. But please note this will slow the script process down.
Bendigo pharmacies using e-scripts now
Arnold Street Pharmacy
BUFS - Bridge Street, Hargreaves Street, Maiden Gully, Strathfieldsaye and View Street sites.
Chemist Discount Centre Bendigo
Chemist Warehouse - Eaglehawk (Long Gully), Bendigo, Epsom and Kangaroo Flat sites.
Emily Roberts Amcal Pharmacy
HealthSmart Pharmacy Bendigo
Pharmasave - Eaglehawk, Golden Square and Kangaroo Flat sites.
Priceline - Bendigo Marketplace and Lansell Square sites.
White Hills Amcal Pharmacy
Regional pharmacies using e-scripts now
McKenzie Davey Amcal Pharmacy
Maryborough Guardian Pharmacy
Maryborough Pharmacy Priceline
Thomas and Chong Chemmart Pharmacy
Download our e-scripts explained flyer
To keep this information handy or share with someone else, we've made an e-scripts flyer that you can download and print out: pdf e-scripts - a faster, safer and easier way to get your prescription medications (484 KB)
Last updated: September 2020