Thou­sands of pa­tients now book ap­point­ments on line

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

OVER 242,000 pa­tients are now reg­is­tered to book GP ap­point­ments and or­der re­peat pre­scrip­tions on­line – and al­most 118,000 can view sum­mary in­for­ma­tion in their med­i­cal records.

The num­ber of GPs of­fer­ing ap­point­ments, re­peat pre­scrip­tions and ac­cess to sum­mary in­for­ma­tion in med­i­cal records on­line has tripled in the first three months of the year in the, Buck­ing­hamshire, Berk­shire and Ox­ford­shire area.

Data

pub­lished

this week by the Health and Care In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre in­di­cates that at the end of March, over 93 per cent of prac­tices in Berks, Bucks and Oxon are of­fer­ing th­ese ser­vices.

Pa­tients are still able to con­tact their GP prac­tice by phone or in per­son but now have the op­tion to do it on­line.

Bev­er­ley Bryant, Direc­tor of Dig­i­tal Tech­nol­ogy for NHS Eng­land, said: “Many pa­tients want the flex­i­bil­ity of book­ing ser­vices on­line so we are de­lighted that GPs have worked so hard to make this pos­si­ble. There is more to come as we de­velop ser­vices that will in­creas­ingly help pa­tients take more con­trol of their health.”

The plan is that by 2018 ev­ery cit­i­zen will be able to ac­cess their full health records with just a click.

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