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Government promises online healthcare appointments by 2015

September 15, 2012

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Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has promised patients in England the ability to book GP appointments on the internet and to view test results online within the next three years. Mr Lansley outlined the plans as part of the new NHS information strategy designed to make full use of online technologies putting patients in control of their health and health records.

“By allowing people to access the NHS online, we will put an end to the 8am rush to phone your GP to try and book an appointment. Reforms like this will take the hassle out of the health service.”

So what does this government initiative really mean for us? What it means is by 2015 we will be able to see our GP records online and other records about our care online. The NHS wants you to be able to book appointments and order repeat prescriptions online, keep in touch with your health and care professionals electronically, and use IT and online services to find out how to keep yourself well.

In this video, Secretary of State Andrew Lansley explains what the information strategy will mean for you.

The Power of Information: Putting all of us in control of the health and care information we need

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