GP online access scheme is promoted
A campaign has been launched across the North East and Cumbria to encourage more patients to access their local GP practice via their phone, tablet and computer.
Latest data shows that 24 per cent of patients across the North East and Cumbria use GP online services to book appointments, order repeat prescriptions and see their test results and GP record.
The campaign, led by the Great North Care Record, which promotes the sharing of medical information by authorised health and social care practitioners across the region, is aiming to increase those online figures – freeing up more time in GP practices by reducing routine phone calls and patient visits.
Nationally 14.6 million people are signed up to use GP online services, with over a million online GP appointments being booked every month. To sign up for GP Online Services, contact your practice.
Some practices are already reaping the benefits of getting more of their patients to use GP online services.
Dr Richard Glennie, General Practitioner at Greystoke Surgery, Morpeth adds: “Being able to order repeat prescriptions online over the Christmas period means that patients can make sure they have enough medication, even when their surgery is closed. We know some patients end up attending local A&E or out of hours services because they have run out of medication.
“We need to move the NHS into the digital age – so that for the people who want to use online services, they can have the convenience, and free up space, for those who prefer not to use digital technology.”