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a man using smartphoneJuly 5 2018

A new NHS app will allow patients in England to organise repeat prescriptions and make GP appointments.

The free app will be available to everyone in England in December 2018 and “will give patients safe and secure access to their GP record,” the Department of Health and Social Care said. Among the services that the app will enable are to: 

  • order repeat prescriptions;
  • manage long-term conditions;
  • make GP appointments;
  • access 111 online for urgent medical queries.

Patients will also be able to use the app to state their preferences relating to:

  • data-sharing;
  • organ donation;
  • end-of-life care.

Health and Social Care Secretary Jeremy Hunt said: “The NHS app is a world-first which will put patients firmly in the driving seat and revolutionise the way we access health services. 

“Technology has transformed everyday life when it comes to banking, travel and shopping. Health matters much more to all of us, and the prize of that same digital revolution in healthcare isn’t just convenience but lives improved, extended and saved.”

Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners, has cautioned: “Adequate safeguards must be in place to ensure the utmost protection of patients’ personal data, and considering that patient's medical history will be accessible on individual’s mobile phones on the apps, we need to ensure that the security and reliability of the identity verification processes being used are of the highest international security standards.”

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