You can now send prescriptions to pharmacies online
Updates to the online health space Mon Espace Santé mean patients can now send medical prescriptions to pharmacies in advance.
Online prescriptions sent to you by your GP or other doctors can be found in the ‘documents’ section of the online space or app and can be forwarded to a pharmacy of your choice.
It means your prescription will already be prepared for you when you arrive, saving time for both you and pharmacists, as well as allowing more time for patient-specialist advice.
Although not all pharmacies are able to receive prescriptions via the service many can.
Toulon brings in a low-emission zone for vehicles
Toulon in southern France last week implemented a Zone à faibles émissions (ZFE), becoming the 12th city in France to do so.
All vehicles passing through must now display a Crit’Air sticker, and drivers must ensure their vehicles are eligible to enter.
The Connexion’s article below lists all current ZFEs in France – including the restrictions they entail – alongside a map of where future zones will be implemented by 2025.
Forest fire forecast launches
A map highlighting the risk levels of forest fires in French departments has been launched by Météo France.
It will be updated on a daily basis and shows the risk of a forest fire in every mainland French department (and Corsica) according to one of four levels.
It will run until the end of September and return each year (starting in Mid-May).
Similar maps have existed for some time for the emergency services but this is the first time a version has been made available to the wider public.
List of France’s most environmentally friendly beaches
The list of beaches and marinas accredited with the Pavillon Bleu flag for sustainability has been updated for 2023, with 14 new additions to the list.
There are now 511 beaches that are able to fly the blue flag now, with the highest number found in the Occitanie region.
Beaches are assessed on a number of criteria including water and waste management, education and awareness, and their safety and ethical approach.
Entry to the scheme is voluntary and communes have to pay.
Kits to convert cars from diesel to hybrid on their way
A French company is set to launch a product that converts older petrol and diesel vehicles into hybrid vehicles.
Installation of the plug-in rechargeable battery will give cars a 70km electrical range, and crucially will allow cars to bypass future low-emission zone restrictions in French cities.
Although the kit comes with a hefty €7,500 price tag, the team behind it say it is cheaper than buying a new hybrid vehicle – and the government is considering offering financial aid to purchase it.