We routinely talk about quality of care and ease of access for people who use our services. Today, I’d like to speak to you as a patient of the NHS, not just as a busy member of our staff. This is particularly true as we head into the winter period and the wellbeing of staff remains a top priority for me and my executive team.
You may have seen on our intranet an article about the NHS App. I wanted to encourage you all to take a moment to look at it, as it might be something you would be interested in using yourselves.
As NHS staff we all lead busy lives and when it comes to using NHS services ourselves it can often be tricky to find the time to do things like booking GP appointments, ordering repeat prescriptions or updating out organ donation preferences.
The NHS App has been built by the NHS, it’s free and it’s secure.
- book or cancel GP appointments
- view your GP medical records
- order repeat prescriptions
- find trusted information and advice on hundreds of conditions and treatments
- manage your organ donation preferences
More functions and services are on the way; proxy access for patients and carers is coming soon and online consultations won’t be far behind.
The app hasn’t yet been promoted to the public to any great degree – the focus has been on making sure all GP practices are fully connected to it first so that we can all benefit from all the app’s functions. But now that work’s been done, we as NHS staff are being encouraged to be early adopters of the app, something of which I’m personally very supportive.
It is also wise for us to be familiar with the app as it is likely our patients and carers will be increasingly likely to mention it or ask us about it.
In the words of many a BBC presenter, ‘other apps are available’, but if you would like to learn more about the NHS App, take a look at the article on our intranet, and click below or visit your IOS or Android App store on your phone to download the app.
Download the app on the Apple App Store.
Download the app on the Google Play Store.