Asda rolling out brand-new service in 232 UK stores in supermarket first

Asda is introducing a new prescription service
Asda is introducing a new prescription service -Credit:PA

Asda has announced plans to launch an online prescription service in a UK supermarket first. The leading chain has partnered with Pharmacy2U for the new initiative, which will allow shoppers to order prescriptions for collection at 232 Asda branches at a later date.

Faisal Tuddy, Asda Pharmacy Head of Pharmacy and Superintendent Pharmacist, said: "By launching this platform, we are now able to reach even more Asda customers across the country, some of whom may not have an Asda Pharmacy nearby. We know how important it is for families to be able to simply access their repeat prescriptions without having to worry.

"This expansion ensures greater convenience for our patients, who can now easily access these services online."

The Mirror reports that Kevin Heath, CEO of Pharmacy2U, added: "At Pharmacy2U, we’re committed to making healthcare easily accessible for the whole family. We are incredibly proud to have partnered with Asda to now bring our online prescription services to a place of ease for their customers.

"Supermarkets play a huge role in daily life making this a natural, yet exciting next step for patients."

It comes after Lloyds Pharmacy axed some 237 pharmacy services from Sainsbury's stores last year due to 'changing market conditions'. Kevin Birch, chief executive officer of Lloyds, said at the time: "This decision has not been an easy one and we understand that our patients and customers may have questions about how the change will affect them.

"We would like to thank them for their continued support and assure them that we are committed to providing a smooth transition over the coming months. I am very grateful to all our colleagues for their dedication to our patients, customers and communities."