Patients registered at GP surgeries in Sutton are benefitting from the online revolution. They can now book appointments with their GP or request a repeat prescription over the internet or using a smartphone. The GP online service, which is available across the country, is available online via a website. Smartphone and tablet users can also download an app to give them access on their phones.
Users of the service can also read their own GP record and check the results of tests, before speaking to their GP if they want to.
Dr Brendan Hudson, Chair of NHS Sutton CCG and local GP, said: “Many of our patients tell us that they value the convenience of making an appointment at any time day or night, or requesting a repeat prescription without having to visit the surgery. By freeing up the phone lines, they also make it easier for patients who don’t want to use GP online services to get through by phone.”
“Having access to their GP records also means that people are more in control of their health and well-being. This is particularly helpful for people who are living with a long-term health condition such as diabetes that needs regular checking and frequent prescriptions.”
Dr Hudson said: “GP online services make use of secure computer systems which are already be used by surgeries. People can only see their own information, but they can make arrangements with their local surgery for family members or carers to access their records if they wish.”
You can register for GP online services by visiting your GP surgery, or find out more by logging on to the NHS Sutton CCG website here, or on the NHS Choices website at www.nhs.uk/GPonlineservices