Patients to have online GP consultations via NHS Choices by 2018

Patients will be able to register with a GP, order prescriptions, and have online consultations through the NHS Choices website by 2018, under plans for an overhaul of NHS IT.

Online GP access in NHS IT overhaul (Photo: JH Lancy)
Online GP access in NHS IT overhaul (Photo: JH Lancy)

NHS Choices will be the ‘digital front door’ for online health services under plans unveiled by NHS England, which promised that patients will be able to ‘speak to their doctor online or via video link’ and view their full health record.

‘The plans commit to giving patients full access to their entire digital health record in real time by 2018,’ following the success of GPs making summary care records available, NHS England said in a statement.

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‘As well as giving patients more choice and control, better use of technology can save money,’ said Tim Kelsey, national director for patients and information.

‘Letting people rebook online will help tackle the estimated £160 million that missed appointments cost the NHS each year.’

NHS England is also considering using wearable devices to monitor long-term conditions such as diabetes or asthma, and making free Wifi available at all NHS sites. Full plans will be published by the National Information Board in September.

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