Muscat: Patients of the Royal Hospital can now send their monthly prescription to the hospital’s pharmacy through Whatsapp to buy medicines. This step, authorities announced, is part of the hospital’s new service.

Officials said that the service will be available from 7 am to 11 pm, from Sunday to Thursday, the official working days.

In a statement online, the hospital said, “The aim of the monthly prescription WhatsApp service is to facilitate and speed up the process of dispensing medication to patients.”

The process is simple, people must send a message to the number 71555262 with the patient’s file number, or a clear photo of the monthly prescription. In the first case, the patient will receive the monthly prescription half an hour after sending the text to the pharmacy.

Medication, however, must be picked up before 3 pm on the same day. Messages sent after 11 pm could go unanswered.

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