The number of surgeries across Surrey and Hampshire offering online services has tripled in the last three months alone
7:01am 31st May 2015
This means over 90% now offer their patients the the option to book appointments and order prescriptions over the computer.
And according to official NHS figures, half a million people in the area including Surrey, and thousands from Hampshire, have already signed up.
The Director of Digital Technology for NHS England, Beverley Bryant, thinks this reflects that going digital suits both staff and patients;
“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 to take more control of their health.”
They are aiming to ensure that every patient can view their entire medical history online- which includes test results, hospital and GP visits, and prescriptions – by 2018.
Dr Masood Nazir, GP and National Clinical Lead for NHS England’s Patient Online programme, adds;
“Online services help to make patients’ lives easier and can reduce the paperwork for those in general practice. As GPs offer more online access we will continue to work closely with them to ensure they feel confident these services deliver real benefits for their patients.”