London Borough of Sutton residents can now manage their health online in the same way they manage other areas of their life such as banking and shopping.
NHS Sutton CCG, working with other CCGs as part of Healthy London Partnership, is supporting a new campaign promoting GP online services, to encourage more patients to sign up. These services provide a quick, easy and secure way to make and cancel GP appointments, order repeat prescriptions and view parts of your GP health record, including information about medication, allergies, vaccinations, previous illnesses and test results.
1.7 million Londoners (and over 20% of patients in Sutton) have already registered for online services, with 89% of those surveyed saying registering is easy to do.
Evidence shows that patients who are involved in their health and care have less admissions to hospital and have better health outcomes overall.
Dr Chris Elliott, Chief Clinical Officer, NHS Sutton Clinical Commissioning Group, said:
“Just as we manage other aspects of our lives online, we can now manage our health in the same way. GP online services are making a huge difference for patients and in our practices, with benefits for everyone. Our practice staff feel more in control of their workloads, patients find it easier and feel more involved in their health and across London there have been significant reductions in missed appointments.”
“We want to encourage as many people as possible to sign up to this fantastic service and start taking control of their health.”
GP online services are great for those who lead busy lives and also for those with long term medical conditions such as diabetes and asthma. Though online services provide greater flexibility, Sutton’s residents will always be able to contact their GP practice directly during normal open hours.
For more information please visit GP online services.